North Face Continues To File Questionable Legal Claims Against Parodies
from the again? dept
It appears that the company has not developed a sense of humor yet. Jake Rome points us to a story of how The North Face has filed takedown notices to Flickr/Yahoo, because a guy had posted some photos of parody patches for "Hey Fuck Face." You can see the main image here.
Dear mr.smashy,mr.smashy notes that his counter notice claimed fair use, pointing out that the patch is a parody and that he's not actually selling anything, so there's no issue of commercial usage. He also sent the takedown to ChillingEffects (good move!). This really seems like yet another overzealous move by lawyers at the North Face misinterpreting the need to "protect" their trademark. Let the parodies live and people will love your brand. Go after them like this and it just turns people off completely.
We have received a Notice of Infringement from The North
Face VF Outdoor, Inc. via the Yahoo! Copyright/IP Team and
have removed the following photo(s) from your photostream:
"Hey Fuck Face":
"hey fuck face":
"AR-15 A4 MWS":
"Buttstock Mag Pouch":
Subsequent Notices of Infringement filed against your
account will result in further action that may include
termination without warning.