North Face Drags Parody Brand to Court
A brawl has been brewing between North Face and a competitor borne from the notion that the clothier is pompous-and-self-righteous. Cue South Butt. The so-called parody brand was started by innocent-sounding-18-year-old Jimmy Winkelmann who took advantage of North Face’s name and logo to create his own line, which is now reportedly worth a few million.
Whilst I am definitely in favour of protecting IP, this is kind of amusing. (I mean, it has Butt in the title …)
And there’s more …
South Butt sued by North Face (recycleemail.com)
South Butt Responds To North Face As Only It Could (techdirt.com)
Will (The North Face) company win lawsuit against (The South Butt) company? (hubdub.com)
The North Face Thinks You Might Confuse Them With “The South Butt” [Lawyering] (consumerist.com)
North Face Goes After South Butt Over Trademark Infringement (techdirt.com)
The North Face files lawsuit against parody (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
North Face Sues Company Over “South Butt” Name (huffingtonpost.com)
Teen’s ‘South Butt’ Apparel Irks The North Face (abcnews.go.com)
Randy Whattoff: Never Stop Suing: The Case of the North Face v. Little Jimmy Winkelmann (huffingtonpost.com)
Exploring The Ruins Of Friendster
A recent Onion spoof highlights a fictional discovery of the ruins of the “Friendster Civilization.” An “Internet anthropologist” is seen describing a once-vibrant culture that seems to have vanished overnight. It’s a funny but interesting way to examine how we represent ourselves, and how future generations may see us (if having to decipher our culture based on social media profiles).