Baseball Toaster Bronx Banter
2007-09-13 10:54
by Alex Belth
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Anyone seen those Jabba The Hutt t-shirts? They are pretty cool. If you enter the code: jobabronxblock, you can save $2.50 per tee. Get 'em while they're hot.

2007-09-13 11:20:07
1.   Sliced Bread
I'm not one to get all geeked out on the Star Wars stuff, but they did a kickazz job on the font here.

and these will quickly become vintage gear when Joba moves out of the "bullpen far far away."


2007-09-13 11:20:49
2.   Mattpat11
1 That's my only reservation.
2007-09-13 11:21:58
3.   Mattpat11
the coupon code is invalid.
2007-09-13 11:25:36
4.   baitshax
shouldn't it be "Joba the Heat"? or is that asking too much of our ability to understand word play?
2007-09-13 11:41:04
5.   Alex Belth
I just e-mailed the guy who makes the shirts about the coupon. Hope to hear back from him shortly...Sorry about that you guys.
2007-09-13 11:45:47
6.   williamnyy23
Is that legal? If so, I think I am going to start up a t-shirt business!
2007-09-13 12:07:38
7.   Alex Belth
The code has been updated. Let me know if it doesn't work...
2007-09-13 12:13:47
8.   Vandelay Industries
6 My analysis is that they are on thin ice there. It is one thing to sell T-Shirts outside the Stadium, but Geroge Lucas has shut down every site that has infringed on the Star Wars trademark. If the shirts make money, I think Lucas could articulate a pretty good trademark infringement intellectual property case. However, I do doubt it is worth the trouble. We'll see what happens if the shrts catch on.
2007-09-13 12:29:51
9.   Andre
parody = fair use would be my argument
2007-09-13 12:38:34
10.   Chyll Will
Let em have their fun. It's a one-shot as far as I can see; more fun than enterprise and certainly a collector's item for Yankee fans this season. I hope they can keep pumping out new concepts like that when the significance is still fresh...
2007-09-13 12:48:08
11.   Vandelay Industries
9 Good point. As you know, it is complicated. I have a cursory understanding of the Lantham Act from law school. There are few bright line rules, and a quick read just gave me the impression that the shirt authors may make use of a legitimate defense.

I don't think anyone would confuse the shirt as being the property of Lucas, and I don't think it serves to dilute the mark, and it may be clever enough. In other words, you may be right.

2007-09-13 12:58:19
12.   Vandelay Industries
10 Oh I know. I don't care, it just gave me an opportunity to use my brain. Lucas is much like Disney in that they will spare no expense to bury you should they determine you are even in the ballpark of trademark or copyright infringement. Disney even had the rules changed to extend their ownership of Mickey.
2007-09-13 13:08:19
13.   tommyl
What's up with the available sizes? Thin people want shirts too!
2007-09-13 13:27:22
14.   Chyll Will
12 Minnie Mouse: (posing, then noticing Walt Disney's glare from behind the art table, tugs her blouse down over her left shoulder and whimpers) Do I... do I have to?

Disney (sketching): You wanna be a star, right? Then TAKE IT OFF!!!

(Years later, former pitcher and current Mets "color man" Ron Darling is seen indescreetly escorting "Keisha" out of a night club in Atlanta by a very observant drummer... >;)

2007-09-13 13:49:35
15.   JL25and3
14 "I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way."
2007-09-13 13:49:40
16.   Shaun P
12 Yep. Every time Mickey's copyright is going to end under the current copyright law, Disney lobbies Congress to extend the amount of copyright protection time. You could look it up.

14 That's the kind of stuff that Disney goes after! ;)

2007-09-13 13:54:14
17.   Chyll Will
16 I wonder if they really did give Seth MacFarlane a hard time about that... it is satire after all.
2007-09-13 14:05:30
18.   Shaun P
17 Nothing would surprise me. Disney is fiercely protective of "the Disney image." There's been worse stuff over the years - some of the pics in my old copyright textbooks is pretty nasty - so it might just be old school paranoia on their part.

The MLBPA and MLB Properties (I think they still are in charge of licensed gear?) might complain about the shirts. Because if anyone should make money off Joba's nickname, its him - by which they mean them.

2007-09-13 14:14:10
19.   Knuckles
I bought one. That Google checkout is just a bit too easy…

And I know the Joba Jabba connection is way too easy, but doesn't anyone think Boba Fett would be a cooler comparison?
Joba Fett, the bounty hunter who's traveled from across the universe (well, Nebraska's pretty damn far from the Bronx) to return the World Series trophy to its rightful owners, the Evil Empire.

2007-09-13 14:59:24
20.   Cliff Corcoran
18 The Disney Vault bit on SNL's TV Funhouse was pretty fierce and it was still there when the episode was in reruns, so that's something.
2007-09-13 15:01:14
21.   Cliff Corcoran
19 He should call that slider "Boba Fett." As in "Boba Fett put another hitter in carbonite for Joba."
2007-09-13 15:03:14
22.   Mattpat11
According to Fatso and Fruit Loops, the reason they needed Joba for two inning last night was Farnsworth hurt his neck.

Kyle Farnsworth. Truly the gift that keeps on giving.

2007-09-13 15:29:01
23.   Cliff Corcoran
22 I wonder if he tweaked it watching that rocket by Youkilis leave the park two weeks ago?

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