One Way To Deal With A Cease & Desist: Wicked Lasers Auctioning Off LucasFilm C&D

from the will-they-get-a-C&D-for-that-too? dept

We recently wrote about the cease & desist letter that LucasFilm sent Wicked Lasers for making a laser that various blogs (not Wicked Lasers itself) compared to a light saber. Wicked Lasers has apparently responded by doing the only reasonable thing: it's auctioning the cease & desist off on eBay. You can bid on it here. How nice would it be if it became a trend to auction off bogus cease and desist letters?


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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 16th, 2010 @ 4:40pm

    If nobody seen the C&D letter yet it could have value. People might want to see what it says. Or those who want to suppress it from being distributed on the net may buy it out and that money can be used to help fight the lawsuit. It could be a smart move I suppose but it seems more silly than anything.

     

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    Esahc (profile), Jul 16th, 2010 @ 4:43pm

    Bids

    As of this moment:
    49 bids
    Current bid: US $616.66

    Wicked Lasers wins.

     

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      cc (profile), Jul 16th, 2010 @ 4:50pm

      Re: Bids

      Holy crap! Someone would really pay 600 bucks for this? :D

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Jul 16th, 2010 @ 4:52pm

      Re: Bids

      It's actually a smart market incentive to make money off of these letters and discourage companies from sending such bogus letters. Now where is my C&D letter dang it. I want a C&D letter now.

      I can imagine all sorts of scams though. One company secretly works with another company in the background and sends a C&D letter, the recipient sells it, and they split the profits.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Jul 16th, 2010 @ 4:55pm

        Re: Re: Bids

        and it's good because people won't be as discouraged about participating in non infringing activities under the threat of receiving bogus C&D letters. If they receive a bogus C&D letter it's a chance to make money and have the lawsuit dropped. At least it's incentive to participate in non infringing material, incentive that counters the incentive not to under the threat of receiving a bogus DMCA takedown. but I don't really think it'll work.

         

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      KevinJ (profile), Jul 19th, 2010 @ 6:12am

      Re: Bids

      And after a few days:
      57 bids
      Current bid: US $840.00

      Maybe this will become a trend?

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 16th, 2010 @ 5:31pm

    Now I wonder if the author of the C&D letter can claim copyright over the C&D letter.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 16th, 2010 @ 5:39pm

    "Now I wonder if the author of the C&D letter can claim copyright over the C&D letter."

    they can claim copyright so no one can make an exact copy but it doesnt stop wicked lasers getting over $600 for something which they got for free and which probably cost LucasFilm more than $600 in lawyers fee's and a little bit of bad press.

     

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    Ted E. Bear, Jul 16th, 2010 @ 8:52pm

    Thumbs up to Wicked Laser corp. Fighting Fascism one laser at a time LOL Definition of Irony: A company built on fighting the federation actually being the federation.

     

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    MissingFrame, Jul 16th, 2010 @ 8:59pm

    Incoming: spam of C&D requests!

    Once word gets out that C&D letters are worth a few bucks, I wonder how many people are going to try to get their own! I'm guessing it's not that hard with Lucas.

     

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    Hephaestus (profile), Jul 16th, 2010 @ 9:06pm

    Now that is cool ...

     

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    abc gum, Jul 16th, 2010 @ 9:50pm

     

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    icepick314, Jul 17th, 2010 @ 2:59am

    at least add the offending laser to the letter in that auction!!!

     

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    Donald Haase, Jul 17th, 2010 @ 6:47am

    Lightsaber

    I would say 99% of the interest in this is not the fact that it's a C&D but it's a document coming from LucasArts, and it's a somewhat roundabout acknowledgement that there is now a consumer device that is similar in some ways to a lightsaber.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 17th, 2010 @ 12:08pm

    I never heard of the laser before, but I have now. I think I might buy some.

    I wonder if I could fund the purchase by getting myself sued by Lucas somehow.

    At least he's not claiming Star Wars didn't make money to keep royalty checks from an 89 year old actor this time.

     

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    Michael, Jul 19th, 2010 @ 5:39am

    I could see

    I could see a book of bogus C&D letters with some commentary selling pretty well.

     

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    Christopher Meatto (profile), Jul 19th, 2010 @ 3:16pm

    defense fund

    Use the auction proceeds for a defense fund. I would work for $49.99 an hour to pull out my light saber and brandish it in the Southern District of New York.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 20th, 2010 @ 12:09pm

    It's up to $2,125.00.

     

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