Do These Boots Look Like Marlon Brando? His Estate Seems To Think So

from the likeness? dept

In the grand tradition of the estate of Humphrey Bogart suing over a couch, the estate of Marlon Brando is suing Harley Davidson, claiming that Harley's new "Brando" boots misappropriate the actor's "likeness." I dunno, what do you think:
Of course, it's true that Harley Davidson has its own history of being massively overprotective when it comes to its own trademarks and such, but I'm not sure that justifies a silly and pointless lawsuit over these boots.


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    rw (profile), May 20th, 2011 @ 9:00am

    ...so, which is Brando?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 20th, 2011 @ 9:57am

    He's got what plants crave.

     

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    Chronno S. Trigger (profile), May 20th, 2011 @ 10:00am

    Re:

    Electrolytes?

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), May 20th, 2011 @ 10:02am

    Re: Re:

    Death?

     

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    Killer_Tofu (profile), May 20th, 2011 @ 10:12am

    Re: Re:

    Oh please no. I already have fears that the world actually is headed in that direction.

     

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    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased) (profile), May 20th, 2011 @ 10:16am

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    They both are. Duh!
    How would anyone be duped if someone came up to you on the street, asked, "Do you want to see a picture of actor Marlon Brando?" and shows you a picture of boots...and you really believe that the boots are an actor?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 20th, 2011 @ 10:24am

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    sad isn't it?

     

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    Crazy Hong Kong Monkey, May 20th, 2011 @ 10:29am

    Just re-brand them as Brand-O

     

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    DannyB (profile), May 20th, 2011 @ 10:31am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    To cheer you up, you can tune in to the "Ow! My Balls!" channel for nonstop 24/7 entertainment.



    (I think it's called YouTube.)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 20th, 2011 @ 10:32am

    Re:

    Marl-On-Brand-O Boots®

     

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    Ima Fish (profile), May 20th, 2011 @ 10:34am

    "Do These Boots Look Like Marlon Brando?"

    No. But they do make me think of over-priced audio and video cables. I think Monster Cable should sue for trademark infringement and trademark dilution. Plus unfair competition. Because we all know the capitalism has to be fair.

     

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    Dan (profile), May 20th, 2011 @ 10:37am

    Rights to last name use

    It all comes down to the right of a public figure to have exclusive use of their last name as a brand. Is there such a thing? Good question.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 20th, 2011 @ 10:41am

    Perfection...

    The pot is calling the kettle black *and* the shoe is on the other foot. What more could one ask for in a perfect universe?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 20th, 2011 @ 10:42am

    Re: Rights to last name use

    My last name is PepsiCocaColaMicrosoftAppleJohnsonandJohnson

     

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    Someantimalwareguy, May 20th, 2011 @ 11:01am

    Re: Re:

    How would anyone be duped if someone came up to you on the street, asked, "Do you want to see a picture of actor Marlon Brando?" and shows you a picture of boots...and you really believe that the boots are an actor?


    Must be some damned good acting...

     

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    decline, May 20th, 2011 @ 11:21am

    Well...can you blame them?

    Honestly HD should just think of some other name for their over-brand yourself even more boots. And if my last name was Brando I wouldn't want my name associated with HD in any way shape or form. Just that they have even bothered to name them "Brando Boots" tells you something about their over saturated branding of their riders. Let me guess this is part of their new "Black" label? Black designs on black.
    They have reached the level of Spinal Tap.
    How about just calling them, "Frustrated Won't Run Kickers"
    Harley Davidson - Image for the ignorant

    And it should tell you something, as lame as it still is, "Brando" was allowed on a Triumph jacket.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 20th, 2011 @ 11:35am

    One bitch suing another bitch, as I do not partake of ethers products I hope they sue the shit out of each other. Tax a 750cc bike, fuck you assholes.

     

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    ottermaton (profile), May 20th, 2011 @ 11:56am

    harley craziness

    From the article: "Of course, it's true that Harley Davidson has its own history of being massively overprotective when it comes to its own trademarks and such"

    Totally brought to mind a long time ago when I heard that Harley was trying to patent (or maybe trademark?) the sound of their bikes. I thought then, and think now, "What a bunch of dipshits!" Don't know if they succeeded - suppose the answer is only a Google away.

    A small digression: the South Park episode about Harley "fags" is hysterical and every Harley rider should be forced to watch it, Clockwork Orange style.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 20th, 2011 @ 12:23pm

    Re: harley craziness

    potato-potato-potato-potato-potato...

     

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    el_segfaulto (profile), May 20th, 2011 @ 12:28pm

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    Cake please!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 20th, 2011 @ 12:43pm

    I like money. They like money.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 20th, 2011 @ 12:58pm

    I like Money..... and Starbucks.

     

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    NullOp, May 20th, 2011 @ 1:03pm

    Boots

    Ur kiddin, rite?

     

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    Angry Puppy (profile), May 20th, 2011 @ 1:23pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    I think "America'a Funniest Home Videos" is another contender. Almost every episode has a hit to the crotch scene. America loves the nut shot.

     

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    HothMonster, May 20th, 2011 @ 1:30pm

    Re: Rights to last name use

    It all comes down to the right of a dead guy's family to have exclusive use of their last name as a brand because one of their ancestors was famous once. Is there such a thing? There damn well shouldn't be.

    fixed that for you

     

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    Angry Puppy (profile), May 20th, 2011 @ 1:33pm

    Re: harley craziness

    RE: South Park episode about Harley "fags"

    Only the Jersey Shore episode was funnier than that one. I hate the sound of a Harley even if the pipe baffles are still in place. I've been riding large highway cruiser style motorcycles since I was 17 and the quieter the bike the more enjoyable the ride.

    Also, if the boots are like my experience with Harley Davidson motorcycles you will have to re-sole them once a week and every step you take vibrates to the point of pain and sounds like you are breaking wind.

     

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    trish, May 20th, 2011 @ 5:34pm

    meh

    I don't think they look very similar. Distant cousins maybe. I think the boots should've got the part of Don Corleone, if they'd just gone to the audition.

     

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, May 21st, 2011 @ 8:41pm

    Re: Perfection...

    Go on, just put the boot in, why don’t you.

     

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    Anonymoahahahaha, May 22nd, 2011 @ 1:02am

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    +1, sir; well-played.

     

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    Lachlan Hunt (profile), May 23rd, 2011 @ 7:22am

    The article you linked to does not claim the boots resemble the actor himself and you are blatantly misrepresenting the issue here. It clearly states:

    According to the lawsuit, the boots look similar to a pair that Brando wore in the 1953 classic The Wild One.


    Since neither you nor the other article actually included a picture of those boots from the film, it is difficult to evaluate the claim here, at least as far as the similarity of the boots is concerned. (I'll leave it to the lawyers to fight over whether the Brando estate actually has any rights whatsoever to the design of the boots, even if they are similar.)

     

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