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Woof: Jack Daniels Takes Fight Over Doggy Chew Toy To The Supreme Court

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by sun rise, Sep 25, 2020.

  1. sun rise

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    I thought about putting this in the joke section, but it's a serious SCOTUS issue apparently. Clearly when dog treats and booze is involved, there's no limit to the legal fight. The highlighting below is mine.

    Woof: Jack Daniels Takes Fight Over Doggy Chew Toy To The Supreme Court

    The serious part

    a trademark dispute between Jack Daniels and VIP Products LLC. At issue was a doggy chew toy made as clear parody of the Jack Daniels bottle, with the branding changed to "Bad Spaniels", along with other parody references. While Jack Daniels had initially won in court when VIP sought declaratory judgement that its use was non-infringing, upon appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th District, that decision was reversed.

    Then there's this:


    Because the court of appeals thought [VIP Products’] notorious copying was funny, it held that the company has a First Amendment interest in confusing consumers into believing that Jack Daniel’s sponsors a dog toy spotlighting poop.
     
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