Would You Confuse This Couch With Humphrey Bogart?
from the don't-bogart-that-couch dept
We’ve mentioned it in passing on this site, but one especially troubling area of what (misleadingly) called “intellectual property” law is the rise of publicity and/or privacy rights (especially in New York and California), which try to get famous people an “intellectual property” type monopoly right over their names or likenesses, even in ridiculous situations. The latest such example involves the estate of actor Humphrey Bogart, suing furniture company Ashley Furniture for creating a furniture colleciton named “Bogart.” From what I can tell, it looks like.. well, lots of other furniture on the market these days. For example, below is the sectional/recliner sofa: