Can't Drink Coke In A Movie Without Coca Cola's Permission?

from the says-who? dept

As you watch companies and lawyers try to expand the meaning of trademark protection well beyond what it's supposed to do, you start seeing all sorts of ridiculous actions. Take the latest example, pointed out by Justin Levine about Coca Cola forcing some movie makers to stop the release of their film, because officials at Coke were upset that a character in the movie drinks a can of Coke. Why wouldn't Coke be happy about this bit of product placement? Perhaps because the character is supposed to be Jesus (though, again, it's not clear why this is a bad thing). Either way, imagine if movie makers had to license the rights for every product that was used in every movie? Imagine if any company could block an entire movie because they didn't like how their product was shown in the movie. Ford used in a car crash? Banned. A Boeing 747 crashes into a hillside? Banned. Bad guys using Dell computers? Banned. Someone shot by a Colt .45? Banned. Fat guy sits in an Aeron chair? Banned. After all, if trademark owners really can dictate how their products are used in movies then perhaps we'll never see real products used in movies again. Well, except for the product placement slots they pay for. Those will still be allowed.
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  • identicon
    Austin, 6 Apr 2007 @ 8:24pm

    hum....

    I think the law will change before that happenes.

    Hey its their loss anyways. Who wouldnt want free advertising. Stupid coke....ha ha

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      The Swiss Cheese Monster, 6 Apr 2007 @ 9:59pm

      Re: hum....

      Maybe this is the movie where the coke can gets swapped out for the Pepsi hero and crushed by the bad guys?

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    interesting, 6 Apr 2007 @ 8:25pm

    hmm

    I can see perhaps a shirt being worn by a character that cleared emblazoned a logo, but most companies know that having their products in the movies actually HELPS sell their products. Take for instance Hero cologne in the Movie Lethal Weapon, or Dodge trucks and cars appearing everywhere in Walker Texas Ranger. How many times did that truck get shot, and yet it still ran perfectly... Hmm... Sold a lot of Dodge trucks.
    Now, if the story is being told correctly, and the character drinking the coke was supposed to be the religious figure Jesus, I can see how coke might be concerned by negative whiplash against their product line on the part of Christians, and I can't exactly blame people if they were offended. Many companies have learned the hard way that offending an entire group of people can be bad for their budget.

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    ScaredOfTheMan, 6 Apr 2007 @ 8:39pm

    This has to end somewhere?!

    Seriously? WTF?

    Where is fair use in all of this? Is really legal or they throwing their legal weight around to scare people? Could they win this?

    What if Jesus drank the coke, then pee'd would the pee still be covered under the coke Trademark?

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      Pierre B, 7 Apr 2007 @ 4:07pm

      Re: This has to end somewhere?!

      For a product like Coke, that is essentially an icon, this does not make sense.

      In the cola area, there are two dominant players, Coke and Pepsi. Drinking one or the other does not mean anything. It is tantamount to a car manufacturer prohibiting the use of their vehicles in a movie or TV programme. You can possibly pay for product placement, but this does not mean that you have an unfettered right to determine whether your Coke can, McDonalds storefront, Levis jeans are shown on a show.

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    Rick, 6 Apr 2007 @ 8:48pm

    It's obviously fair use and Coke has no grounds.

    Can you imagine a movie about planes crashing without a plane?

    How about an action movie without guns?

    How are they going to film car crashes without cars?

    Do they expect film-makers to now make every single prop or item in a flick by hand?

    I can picture the costs of movie tickets running into the $1000s of dollars after the prop department had to build a jumbo jet from scratch along with all the cars, clothing, furniture, guns, appliances, light bulbs, and anything else anyone else makes that is in a movie. Besides the fact they would then need to license and patent any tech they use to make the props.

    The movie makers BOUGHT that can of coke. They OWN that can of coke. They can do whatever they want with it, the same as you or I could - can't they?

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      DisGuy, 7 Apr 2007 @ 5:48am

      Re:

      Can you imagine a movie about planes crashing without a plane? How about an action movie without guns? How are they going to film car crashes without cars?
      Yes I can! All movies shall be period kung fu movies from now on!

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    A Christian, 6 Apr 2007 @ 8:54pm

    Huh?

    Why would Christian's be offended by Jesus having a Coke? I mean sure, if was doing coke, that I could see as bad. But the beverage? You'd think that was good publicity, "Jesus drinks Coke, so it must be good." Oy, I will never understand corporate America.

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    Anonymous Coward, 6 Apr 2007 @ 8:59pm

    They should see if Pepsi is willing to pay to have the scene re-shot... Coke just need competition in the market. :)

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    ShadowSoldier, 6 Apr 2007 @ 9:19pm

    Please,

    We all know Jesus drank Boost. The soda, not the weird old people drink.

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  • identicon
    Dave Barnes, 6 Apr 2007 @ 9:26pm

    DELL should be banned

    Of course, all shots of DELL computers should be forbidden.
    Only Aple Macs are allowed on screen.

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    Jo Mamma, 6 Apr 2007 @ 9:45pm

    You are all wrong

    No, Coke has total right to do this. This is their product and placing it in a movie without their permission is completely inappropriate.

    Everyone knows that companies pay for product placement in movies. If someone uses coke and their logo, people will assume that coke wanted the placement.

    Having Jesus drinking a coke would be very offensive to plenty of people (I for one don't give a shit). Hence, bad idea, bad marketing, bad publicity.

    Your reference to a lack of using any other products is a false one. If you do not prominently display the logo or name of a product or make it a theme of the movie, the product owner would likely have no grounds for complaint. This movie appears to have violated all three of those criteria.

    But when Jesus drinks it and says how great coke is... they have total right to pull the plug. And that's the way it should be.

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      Craven Twain, 7 Apr 2007 @ 1:11am

      Re: You are all wrong

      "that's the way it should be"

      Coke is a brand, but it's also an icon of popular culture. It has a life separate and discreet from its existence as a trademark. If the Coca Cola company has the right to control the context in which its brand appears, that's censorship.

      More than that, it infringes on free speech.

      It places Coke (Disney, Microsoft - pick your icon) beyond criticism in any artistic medium, making a mockery of law that was put in place to prevent wholesale copying of products.

      A world where corporations have total control over how they're portrayed? No thanks.

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        Anony-mouse, 8 Apr 2007 @ 9:53am

        Re: Re: You are all wrong

        There is no total control, nor is there a hindrance on speech. I can still walk around that Coke tastes like cat piss. I can do it in a movie and I can even say that Microsoft is the devil. The only thing I'm barred from doing is using their own registered (or unregistered) marks when doing so. If you want to think of Coke's ability to control their marks as censorship, that's fine. But it is censorship that is allowed. Think of it like your face. You have a right to control the way it is portrayed, assuming there is any commercial value to it. So, for instance, say Brad Pitt's face was run atop a website for pornography and billed as a Brad Pitt approved site. He could shut that down. Yes, it's censorship, but it's allowable. If that same site were to have content that said "I bet Brad Pitt would love this site," it's a different story.
        There is no total control over portrayal of corporations here. It is just control over use of the marks.

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    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 7 Apr 2007 @ 10:53am

      Re: You are all wrong

      Jo Mamma supports big corporations helping totalitarian regimes silence their critics too.
      http://www.techdirt.com/article.php?sid=20070406/135305#c79

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        DSM, 7 Apr 2007 @ 7:55pm

        Re: Re: You are all wrong

        Jo Mamma supports big corporations helping totalitarian regimes silence their critics too.
        http://www.techdirt.com/article.php?sid=20070406/135305#c79

        "Totalitarian regimes" *insert huge eyeroll here*

        Corporations have rights. Sorry that the internet has brainwashed you into thinking that you have unlimited rights to something because you use, see, or can look up the product. Visibility does not equate to accessibility. Stay in school young buck.

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          Anonymous Coward, 7 Apr 2007 @ 9:15pm

          Re: Re: Re: You are all wrong

          "Totalitarian regimes" *insert huge eyeroll here*

          Corporations have rights. Sorry that the internet has brainwashed you into thinking that you have unlimited rights to something because you use, see, or can look up the product. Visibility does not equate to accessibility. Stay in school young buck.


          A military junta overthrew the elected government of Thailand 2006. The junta abrogated the constitution, dissolved Parliament and the Constitutional Court, arrested several members of the government and declared martial law. The junta has also banned all political activities and meetings. DSM may not consider that to be totalitarian, but I sure do and I don't think one has to be "brainwashed" to see it.

          It is interesting to note apologists for totalitarianism coming out in support of Coca Cola's position here.

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            Jo Mamma, 8 Apr 2007 @ 12:45pm

            Re: Re: Re: Re: You are all wrong

            Yes, you've caught me, there is a vast conspiracy involving the military leaders in Thailand, Coca-cola, and me. Eventually we plan to take over the world and blow up the Grand Canyon! But really...

            Supporting Google does not equate to supporting a totalitarian regime, and supporting Coke's right to protect the product they've developed over 100 years is not tantamount to supporting totalitarianism either.

            If you want to encourage investment (which creates jobs), you must be able to protect your investments.

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      Mike (profile), 8 Apr 2007 @ 5:29pm

      Re: You are all wrong

      No, Coke has total right to do this. This is their product and placing it in a movie without their permission is completely inappropriate.

      Says what law? Why can't people use whatever products they want in a movie? Trademark law isn't designed to give you total control over a product, and if they legally paid for the Coke and aren't implying that Coke supports their movie, there's nothing wrong with it.

      Everyone knows that companies pay for product placement in movies. If someone uses coke and their logo, people will assume that coke wanted the placement.

      There is nothing that says that every product in a movie is paid for. Sorry, but I don't buy the prima facie case that if it's in the movie people will assume it's paid for.

      Again, think of how that would kill the ability for people to make movies.


      But when Jesus drinks it and says how great coke is... they have total right to pull the plug. And that's the way it should be.


      No. That's not how it should be. No company should have the right to tell a legal purchaser of their product how it can be used once they've purchased it.

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      NoCokeInLife, 8 Apr 2007 @ 10:14pm

      Re: You are all wrong

      coka always does the stupit thing....

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    Anonymous Coward, 6 Apr 2007 @ 10:33pm

    Complaining about this is even more advertising for Coke

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    Anonymous Coward, 6 Apr 2007 @ 10:39pm

    Haha! Goldent comment.

    "They should see if Pepsi is willing to pay to have the scene re-shot... Coke just need competition in the market. :)"

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    das_, 6 Apr 2007 @ 11:21pm

    Actually...

    Actually "Jo Mamma", using brands in the US is fully allowed without proper permission. I take it the legal system is a tad different in other countries, however.

    Philip Morris' website actually has a pretty decent overview of the issue:
    http://www.philipmorrisusa.com/en/our_initiatives/marketing_our_products/product_placement.a sp

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    XCetron, 7 Apr 2007 @ 12:29am

    Bad guys using AK-47? Gotta ask the Russians for permission since that gives their company a bad name.


    seriously, wth?

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    I can think of at least 18 people that have been i, 7 Apr 2007 @ 1:24am

    The right one baby~

    This story blows :x

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    sheenamelissa, 7 Apr 2007 @ 5:03am

    the next thing you know...

    is that shirts and wine bottles will be 'brandless' and hollywood goes bankrupt because there's no reason for any 'ka-chings!!!' to roll. way to go!

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    Faceless Minion, 7 Apr 2007 @ 6:13am

    As a somewhat devout Christian, I'm sort of wondering what people would be offended by Jesus drinking Coke. The only offensive reason I can think of is that it tastes like piss.

    That being said, no, they are not within their rights to do this. The Coca Cola laywers are trying to play God for a movie portraying a version of Jesus. Ironic, ne?

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Apr 2007 @ 6:51am

    one stone to kill two birds for coke

    How stupid could coca cola be selling cans without a license agreement. The can solve this easily two was with one solution-

    Wrap the cans in a license agreement so people in the movie will not be able to see a the logo. Buried in the fine print will be a notice that popping the top off means you consent to the licensesand of course the license will prohibit its inclusion in an any photo graphs rather by cell phone of otherwise. Just to be safe, it can also prohibit you from disclosing the contents of the license agreement, and whether you had a refreshing experience.

    ps- their secret formula includes the importation of coca from latin america. the war on drugs was their reason for trying to switch to the failed "new coke" without the coca. yes, the active ingredients are removed before you drink it. pssst- don;t tell anyone.

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Apr 2007 @ 7:08am

    product placement

    Well, if you believe there WAS a human named jesus, he drank SOMETHING.....

    Wonder what brand of nails they used to hang him on the cross?

    BANNED!!!

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    Philip, 7 Apr 2007 @ 8:02am

    Blank products?

    Didn't companies use to use blank products because of this? I specifically remember seeing movies using empty labeled cans, unmarked cars, etc because of this very reason.

    Then product placement came into the picture where companies like Coca-Cola PAID the movie producers to use Coke within the movie, instead of say Pepsi or a blank product.

    However, I do think it's pretty odd that Coca-Cola felt that they needed to be paid for somebody to use their product. Other companies would have paid for that opportunity.

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    Sean, 7 Apr 2007 @ 8:12am

    Why stop at movies...

    Any display of a product outside the privacy of your own home (provided the shades are drawn) that isn't sanctioned by the trademark holder could be banned.

    Imagine it...

    only the beautiful people would be allowed to touch a trademarked product.

    The United States has become a Marilyn Manson song.

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    Harold, 7 Apr 2007 @ 8:25am

    Coke banned products in Movies

    Corporations and Laywers are ruining this country. You may say we need lawyers? Nonsense. All they are doing is trying to protect everybody from everything, but ONLY if you have money to pay them. The big companies and the rich are trying to control everyone else. Doesn't that sound a little like a form of slavery? You only get to do the things you are told you are ALLOWED to do.... We have WAY TOO MANY laws and Laywers. Take the money out of the picture, and let them really protect people with their hearts, and you'll see how many laywers remain laywers.....

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    Sergio, 7 Apr 2007 @ 8:50am

    Good thing the Dharma company isn't picky about product placement or there wouldn't be anything on Lost.

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    Josh, 7 Apr 2007 @ 9:09am

    Having to build a 747 by hand...

    To the above poster suggesting a props department would need to build a 747 by hand in order to crash it in a movie... Do you think that they _actually_ crash 747's?

    You do realize that they use "computers" to make "imaginary" planes, which could, in theory look like anything you want (i.e. they could look almost exactly nothing like a 747). And that all of the interior shots are filmed on sets they _did_ build themselves, since the interior of an actual airplane really isn't designed with making a movie in mind (lighting, space, sound, etc).

    ~josh

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Apr 2007 @ 9:33am

    If I was the guy at Coke (and a Christian) I'd be gosh-darn proud that Jesus was drinking my drink.

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    nick, 7 Apr 2007 @ 9:55am

    Its all about Jesus

    This really isn't so bad. If some people are offended by Jesus drinking a Coke, the film makers aren't going to hear about it, Coke will. Whether or not to piss people off over this kind of thing should be Coke's decision because before you know it there's a massive boycott/letter writing/death threat campaign over using Jesus to sell more Coke. People go nuts over Jesus. You can't even make a huge chocolate Jesus these days without being harassed, and that was arguably fine art that didn't invoke using Jesus as a commercial vehicle to sell/make comment on some brand.

    Of course, the film could go ahead and use a Coke can instead and argue about it in court, but that's too expensive and it doesn't even strike me that Coke is so vital to the scene that some other soda couldn't do the trick. Rather than be a comment about Coke in particular (perhaps then a fair use) it seems more a comment about culture in general in which other things besides Coke could easily make the same point. It would be much different if there was some political point to make about Coke, but there doesn't seem to be.

    Rather than talk about how stories like this illustrate the absurdity of IP these days, the story here seems to be that Coke is so fearful of those who would object to Jesus drinking a Coke that they would actually stop this use. Its a safe bet that anything associated with Jesus or homosexuals will cause an uproar that any company wants, and should have a right, to avoid if they wish. Snickers ran into a bunch of trouble over their Superbowl ad, where two men have a Lady and the Tramp moment over a snickers bar and kiss, as both anti-gay groups (no gays kissing on TV) and pro-gay groups (ad promoted violence against gays) both objected to the point that the ad needed to be pulled. There, Snickers got to make the decision and it would have been unfair for them to deal with all that because some random guy decided to use a Snickers instead of some other candy.

    Yeah, free promotion on all that jazz, but this is troublesome promotion that isn't so much free but potentially costly for Coke.

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    John, 7 Apr 2007 @ 10:34am

    coke,enoiugh already

    Unreal.Why are companies so pompous nowadays?
    Sue this,sue that ,wah wah wah you got something for free,you used our trademarks.wahhhhhhhhhhhhh!
    Oh no we only made $99 gagillion dollars this year .
    What would be funny is if people read this and decided to buy other products because companies are so sue happy and they actually lost money .

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Apr 2007 @ 11:28am

    I wonder if coke had to pay placement fee for pepsi ads... like this one.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHM3_3BMGFc

    or did pepsi pay coke for using coke in their ads? And why Coke didn't take any action against it?

    Isn't it because "comparative marketing" has long been recognized as a right to use competitors product name to promote the superiority of your product/inferiority of competitor's product in the US? Remember Pepsi's MC Hammer ad where Hammer couldn't sing when he took a sip of Coke? If it's not illegal how could jesus drinking coke be?

    either way, coke is being a dumb-dumb in this one. if this constitute a trademark violation....then me using a word "Coke" in newspaper or other non-fiction publication also violates. If i write a hit true-story book about a gay pedophile who loves jesus and coke, i'd probably offend many people, but i'm protected by freedom of speech. what if i make a movie based on it?

    so my question here would be.....is it illegal to tell a true story with real names and products names?

    I thought what trademark laws offer is to "claim" the damage incurred by the mis-use after the fact....well, i could be wrong.

    who knows, coke is delicious anyways, even pedophiles and retards love it, who cares.

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    Anonymous Coward again, 7 Apr 2007 @ 11:34am

    go hammer go!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKy8Vq4nGjo

    i think Coke should sue YouTube for showing this too for trademark infringement.

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    plop plop fizz fizz, 7 Apr 2007 @ 11:47am

    Why would they show a product in a movie without the maker paying for it? Are they giving screen time away? What is wrong with those people? What is wrong with weird old people beverages? Let movie actors drink obscure generics!

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    You know who, 7 Apr 2007 @ 12:06pm

    They say I look like Jesus and I drink coke. Could be trouble.

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    Aly, 7 Apr 2007 @ 12:15pm

    i have coke in my house , does coke have the rite to say dont to be kept in the fridge ....
    i cannt drink it from the bottle or from a glass ...... the conent of how much i drink. .. etc ...
    once the product is sold its no longer their property ... thou they say the bottles are not sold ( deposit ) and remain a property of the coca coke company ...

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    itanshi, 7 Apr 2007 @ 12:35pm

    amazing

    i thought the saying was 'no such thing as bad publicity'

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    Anon, 7 Apr 2007 @ 12:52pm

    Forget coke

    drink pepsi...better yet just make lemonade and chug it down like there's no tomorrow....

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    rEdEyEz, 7 Apr 2007 @ 1:45pm

    This could be a good thing....

    This is potentially the best thing that could ever happen to the entertainment industry.

    Hopefully, they'll litigate the entire industry out of business, and we'll no longer be subjected to the idiocy coming out of Hollywood.

    Imagine, going back into your favorite restaurant only to find last years "superstar Hollywood actor" waiting on your table, sucking up for tip money; beautiful.

    If our entire motion picture industry was animated, digital representations of people, places, or things, who would really care?

    Would you be any less entertained?

    ...truthfully, sounds more like a soda company wanting their share of the revenue...

    ...what about all of the advocates of the coca plant that want "coca" removed from the brand name of the cola? Is their argument any less (more) absurd?

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    Anonymous Coward, 7 Apr 2007 @ 2:10pm

    Coca Cola sucks. Why dos anyone drink that shit anyway?

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    Rachael, 7 Apr 2007 @ 3:39pm

    Lots of people seem to be confused here...

    Coca-Cola is having the scene removed based on trademark dilution, not infringement of copyright...

    Fair use is a defense to copyright infringement. Coke is not alleging that the use of their can on screen infringes on their copyright in the Coke logo (which is not protected by copyright because of the merger doctrine -- it's utilitarian and is simply communicating the message of their brand name), but rather that the use of the Coke trademark in that context will bring negative consequences to the company by diluting the goodwill that is attached to the Coca-Cola brand name.

    Really, Coke's not the one at fault here. Whoever was in charge of getting the script cleared didn't do their job. Any time you're going to use a trademarked product and it's more than incidental in a scene, you have to get a license for it. If Jesus had simply taken a sip of coke and that was it, there would be no injunction, but because the cola is even momentarily the focus of the scene, permission must be obtained before its use. That's just basic... and not even remotely new.

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      Mike (profile), 8 Apr 2007 @ 5:32pm

      Re: Lots of people seem to be confused here...


      Really, Coke's not the one at fault here. Whoever was in charge of getting the script cleared didn't do their job.


      That's ridiculous. Why should the script people need to make sure they can use a can of soda in their script? Think of how limiting that is.

      Any time you're going to use a trademarked product and it's more than incidental in a scene, you have to get a license for it.

      That is not what trademark law is supposed to be used for. Do you really think this is an effective use of trademark law?

      permission must be obtained before its use. That's just basic...

      If it's basic, then there's something very, very wrong with the law. It's a huge limitation on creative rights.

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        Jo Mamma, 9 Apr 2007 @ 9:14pm

        Re: Re: Lots of people seem to be confused here...

        Well, I think Rachel raises a good point. Too bad I didn't see it earlier.

        I didn't realize there was a difference between infringement and dilution, but it makes sense.

        Just shows that it's good to have someone around that knows the law!

        Mike, I disagree when you say there's something wrong with the law. I just don't see not being able to control the use of something after you've spent 100+ years developing it... even if we don't agree with the particular instance it's being censored in, I think they have the basic right to have it used however they want. But it seems we disagree!

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    LesterRay, 7 Apr 2007 @ 4:13pm

    Argh

    Bottom line is, if I buy a product it is mine to use anyway I see fit. Remember, it's mine. And one thing for sure that I do know, if Jesus wants to drink a coke it's His business and I feel for the poor soul that stands in His way. Besides what is it that has been said for years; Jesus is like coke, He is the real thing...

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    LeonidM, 7 Apr 2007 @ 5:33pm

    they don't like seeing Jesus drinking coke because deep inside they knpw for sure - coke is bad for your health - I think it's time to force coke put same logo tobaco companies have to put - "This product is harmfull and will eventually kill you if conusmed often"

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      Charles Griswold, 7 Apr 2007 @ 5:40pm

      Re:

      I think it's time to force coke put same logo tobaco companies have to put - "This product is harmfull and will eventually kill you if conusmed often"

      Then they would have to put that warning on anything with significant amounts of refined sugar. Not bloody likely, IMHO. Remember the flap surrounding the regulation of trans-fats?

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      DSM, 7 Apr 2007 @ 7:59pm

      Re:

      "I think it's time to force coke put same logo tobacco companies have to put - "This product is harmful and will eventually kill you if consumed often"

      Yes, Komrade Leonid, I'm sure you would.

      Let's regulate stupidity and make it the fault of manufacturers of products when people misuse them. That's like imprisoning car manufacturers for allowing their car to be in a drunk driving accident.

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    Sanguine Dream, 7 Apr 2007 @ 5:58pm

    Double dipping...

    Coke is trying to have its cake and eat it too. They want their brand in the movies but want to flip the script and force movie makers pay them for the right to advertise their brand.

    Last I checked when someone wants their brand advertised they pay to have someone advertise it for them. Bacardi pays magazines to run their ads. Tag pays tv networks to have their ads run on tv. Law firms pay the city (I guess, but I'm sure they pay someone for that space) for those massive billboards you see while driving. What makes Coke so damn special that they think someone should have to pay them to advertise their products?

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    August West, 7 Apr 2007 @ 11:22pm

    Coke blows

    Coke blows. Let them whine, the bunch of babies. Waa-aaah.What would have happened if the film makers told them to go jump?

    They would have sued, and any judge, anywhere, with any common sense at all would have thrown the lawsuit out of court for its sheer stupidity.

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    mitochondria, 8 Apr 2007 @ 3:51am

    coca is good for you

    all that nonsense and panic surrounding coca plant - but it is good for you, millions of colombians cant be wrong

    i wish they put more of it into their cans

    http://www.vortexcoca.nl/

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    Anonymous Coward, 8 Apr 2007 @ 7:40am

    Retards

    This has been around for years.

    It's called "product placement" and you have to PAY for it.

    Why do you think you always see "AT&T" promantly displayed on telephones but never any other?? They paid for it you retard!

    Why do you think you always see "Apple" pc's everywhere but never any other? They paid for it you retard!

    Why do you think you always see verizon VCast phones on 24? They paid for it you retard!

    Fair use is USE. No one in movies / television etc are "users". They are ACTING and using the items as PROPS, not as consumable products to enjoy.

    You fucking retards who think that shit is free, need to grow the fuck up and stop crying about bullshit that wouldn't even BE THE FUCK AROUND IF SOMEONE (NAMELY YOU, YOU RETARDED FUCKIN CHILD!) PAID FOR IT.

    Consumables cost money to make, if no one paid for anything, no one one make anything.

    How about you fuckin retarded bastards get a fucking clue and CUT THE FUCKING CHILDISH "IT'S MINE" 5 year old shit.

    Just another fucking example of what the future will be with you fucking retards posting retarded comments

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      joe, 8 Apr 2007 @ 8:04am

      Re: Retards

      product placement is when a company pays to have their product in a movie. in this situation, coca-cola is mad that their product got in the movie without their permission (in such a way that could plausibly damage sales, though i doubt it would).

      the movie gave coke free product placement, and that is why people are calling coke whiny. coke is probably being whiny because jesus drinking coke might be offensive to some people.

      judging by the success of the da vinci code, however, i'm not sure the general public is too concerned with making jesus look bad.

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      Anonymous Coward, 8 Apr 2007 @ 12:36pm

      Based on what law? WAS Re: Retards

      Fair use is USE. No one in movies / television etc are "users".

      Based on what law? Please show.

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    joe, 8 Apr 2007 @ 8:06am

    no, "look bad" isn't right...

    i meant:

    "i'm not sure the general public is too concerned with people being liberal with the figure of jesus."

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    Dave, 8 Apr 2007 @ 8:21am

    Can't Drink Coke Without Permission from Coke

    It's a sad state of affairs when folks spend time worrying about something like this when we have so many important social / political issues that need to be dealt with here in the US. Let's talk about important things: Fair Tax Law Proposal, War in Iraq, congressmens' loss of sight of the intent of our Constitution (it looks like everyone for themselves, not for the country). I could go on, but there are a lot of big issues that need to be addressed and worrying about a can of Coke on a movie is reidiculous!

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    Logo, word, phrase, all trademarkable....that mean, 8 Apr 2007 @ 9:25am

    they oughta realize, Jesus drinking Coke is a parody. if someone stops drinking coke or make a commotion about of it just because of the scene, that person has 100 imaginary friends and loves to screw a rabbit.

    Did McDonald, pizza hut, and KFC sue Morgan Spurlock for his movie Supersize me? i mean they used trademarked words, which are their company name and logos, to pretty much defame them purposely.

    really, i see that Coke has a right to do so, but Coke has a burden of proof to show to what extent the movie damaged its company profit. plus they are gonna have to fight against the first amendment.

    i like coke, but money hungry corporate lawyers who exploit our tax money, no

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    Keith Marley, 8 Apr 2007 @ 9:56am

    Product banning

    This sort of nonsense would stop - totally, and within anout 3.5 seconds - when judges start charging people and companies for frivilous, waste of taxpayer law suits.
    Crack down on the insanity I say!!!

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    m0u53, 8 Apr 2007 @ 11:19am

    In Europe you're not even allowed to display logos in movies anyway. What happened to the whole koka kora, markngtosh and other fake name brands they use to use?

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    Linda, 8 Apr 2007 @ 12:38pm

    Brand Names in movies.

    I agree with the person who reported & commented in the article. It's Totally Stupid & Coca Cola should get real. Don't they want free advertising. Dumb, Dumb * Dumber.

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    laxplyinfool, 8 Apr 2007 @ 1:11pm

    ridiculous

    how dumb can it get. how can Coke even do that? what if every company that had a documentary on them said that. imagine super size me without any mcdonalds. im sure that mcdonalds didnt want that kind of publicity either.

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    Sofakingcool, 8 Apr 2007 @ 1:50pm

    Cola Patents???

    The lawyers are searching for more money. They are like vultures ...... they've drained the tobacco companies dry ..... now they are to find some other free meal. I dream of the day when America is rid of the cockroaches ..... then we will be free again.

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    Anonymous Coward, 8 Apr 2007 @ 2:34pm

    Couldn't they just use wal-mart cola? I'm sure they wouldn't give a shit.

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    Anonymous Coward, 8 Apr 2007 @ 7:25pm

    ok i am sitting in the movie theater and i see somone drink a coke in the movie, as brain washing advertisments have imprented in my mind how refershing coke was all through my life the first thing i may think is, hmm...i need a coke. now that wont happen, i wont have to pee and i can see the whole movie


    THANK YOU COCA COLA

    doh!!! did i just infringe?....

    ahh damit, there here, now i lose my laptop :(

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    >x-@8, 8 Apr 2007 @ 8:21pm

    Sick of lawyers

    Shakespeare had the right idea:

    "Kill all of the lawyers."

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    DeTOX, 8 Apr 2007 @ 10:00pm

    Oh no

    I guess we will see a lot of blur on the screen now since this happens. Why pay to watch stuff like that.

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    Tom, 8 Apr 2007 @ 11:11pm

    I don't drink coke. I drink Nozz-A-La!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nozz-A-La

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    chmike, 9 Apr 2007 @ 3:12am

    Sorry but there must be limits. But sure, there must work both ways.

    Inventors have a moral right on the use of their intellectual property, it should be the same for trademarks. I admit that it might be tricky to draw the line of morality, but in some case, like the one presented here, it is quite obvious.

    Thanks for calling our attention on the risk of excess in both ways. But there is also a ight path in between.

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    Thomason, 9 Apr 2007 @ 1:29pm

    It's nice to ask first

    Is this all that different than an advertiser photographing me, then using that photo to sell their product? Generally, you need to ask permission first. Why is it any different with a famous trademark?

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      Anonymous Coward, 9 Apr 2007 @ 2:41pm

      Re: It's nice to ask first

      I can see two differences right away. First, the advertiser didn't purchase you. Second, I'm fairly certain that the Coke isn't being used to sell the movie.

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    ChurchHatesTucker, 9 Apr 2007 @ 4:32pm

    Frakin' A, people.

    Oh, Christ Jesus, I can't believe anyone is lining up behing Coca Cola on this one.

    This is already a headache for documentary filmmakers. Not because the companies have any right to dictate such things, but because they have the lawyers that make it too expensive for anyone else to assert their rights.

    Here, there's even a comic book you can all read.

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    Matthew Rigdon, 9 Apr 2007 @ 7:15pm

    I don't think Coke wants to be in the movie anyway

    The thing is, Coke doesn't even want to be paid, they don't want to be in the movie at all.

    If you are walking down the street and someone shoots a movie scene where two people are beating up a dog while you just stand there, if the movie crew didn't get a release from you, they have to re-shoot the scene. Because, you know, you might not want people to think you think it's okay to kick dogs.

    And don't bring up Borat. The guys who shot Borat got releases from everyone who appeared in the film (even the folks in the crowds, you'll notice signs at most public events that say your attendance at the event also gives the venue permission to use your appearance on film. The Borat guys got permission from the venue). But guess what, if the idiots who made this film didn't bother to call up Coke and say "We want to use your Coke can in a movie (not a documentary, mind you)", it's not Coke's fault that somebody at the production company didn't do his job.

    Let's not muddy up the waters here.

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    Ken, 10 Apr 2007 @ 6:24am

    Think a little deeper here

    What possible upside for Coke here? What if they allow this and then someone wants to have Mohammed, Buddah, Hitler, or whoever drinking their product on film.

    Smarten up - if you had any sense you'd realize Coke is correct here.

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Apr 2007 @ 7:02am

    Matthew Rigdon - did you ever consider the releases are to prevent lawsuits, no matter how baseless?

    Like this coke lawsuit?

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      Staunch Copyright Advocate, 10 Apr 2007 @ 8:08am

      Coke has something to protect

      The filmakers never got a release from Coke. Why didn't they film it with some prop cola? Because they are trying to trade on Coke's fame.

      When you buy a Coke you're buying a drink - not an icon you can use in your movie. If Coke doesn't protect their brand they will loose it.

      This is not a baseless lawsuit.

      Now the filmakers are playing the "artist against the big bad corporation" card and lots of idiots are falling for it.

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    Jake Lockley, 10 Apr 2007 @ 12:15pm

    Filmmakers pay to use the trademarks on screen. It's just a matter of doing the legal paperwork and getting a signoff from the trademark owner. If the trademark owner has rules of use to protect their brand and image, they need to follow them. This is the way it has always been.

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    GHOSTxFACE, 10 Apr 2007 @ 1:06pm

    wtf?!

    thats dumb as hell! that sheet betta change quick!

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    whiteboifrumalabami, 10 Apr 2007 @ 1:09pm

    yeehaw!

    yeehaw!

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    ASSTROGLIDE, 10 Apr 2007 @ 1:14pm

    STOP HATING!

    I WISH THEY WOULD JUST GIVE US GAYS A CHANCE! WE USE COKE PRODUCTS TOO! MY MAN AND I USUALLY LIKE TO USE DIET COKE AS LUBE IN THE COLD WINTER NIGHTS OUT HERE IN COLORADO, IT GIVES THAT HOT AN STICKY SENSATION!

    XOXOXO~ ASSTROGLIDE

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    salvatore, 20 Apr 2007 @ 5:03am

    from Italy

    The "7 km from Jerusalem" affaire seems to be happly concluded and for the best:
    The film directed by Claudio Malaponti, was in the past weeks the cause of a controversy with Coca-Cola because of a scene where Milan offers a can of Coca-Cola to Jesus Christ and it exclaims: "God, what a testimonial!"
    The producers of the film, Graziano Prota and Angelo Sconda ,in order to respect and comply to the will of the Coca-Cola Corporation that had prevented the film directed from Claudio Malaponti to arrive on the screen by Easter Sunday(APRILthe 6th), they declare that on the 6th of april they had received a communication from Coca-Cola Italy in which they asserted they had realized that the rappresentation of their brand in the scene was a creative and artistic need of the director to use a universal symbol that was contemporary, adding moreover that it did not appear to be offensive and authorized to leave the Coca cola can in the movie so that the cinematographic work could be relized in its integral version".
    BUT IT WAS TOO LATE FOR US .
    I do not understand WHY the film the Coca Cola Company did'nt approve at first and after agreed that it was ok.
    It's incredibile ? it has created a lot of pubblicity for Coca cola and for the film.
    Well it is all good what ends good.
    So please people go to see our movie on the 4th of may now that coca cola gave us the blessings..
    Thank you COCA COLA
    Thank you God

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  • identicon
    Paul, 25 Apr 2007 @ 6:02pm

    No Coke in movies ?

    HEY, ROYAL CROWN ! THERE'S YOUR "CALLING".

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    Fat Dancer, 5 May 2007 @ 7:24pm

    Mormons Own Coca Cola

    Mormon's own Coca Cola anyway. Why don't they change the name of Coke. It's a drug reference. BRB, I am going to go powder my nose....

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  • identicon
    Gloria, 10 Aug 2007 @ 9:28am

    coke fridge

    is it allowed to have coke fridge (not a vending machine) stocked full of store bought (not coke products) without coke's permission?

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    anonymous, 14 Jul 2008 @ 12:30pm

    Megaupload downloading

    Usually I use the best file searcher- http://megaupload.name/

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