Woody Allen Sues American Apparel - D...

Woody Allen Sues American Apparel - Director is seeking $10 mil...

There are 7 comments on the Zap2it.com story from Apr 2, 2008, titled Woody Allen Sues American Apparel - Director is seeking $10 mil.... In it, Zap2it.com reports that:

Woody Allen has sued American Apparel for using his image without permission. The Oscar-winning director filed the trademark suit on Monday, March 31 in the Federal District Court in New York.

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Tina

Alameda, CA

#1 Apr 2, 2008
Woody Allen should be honared not insulted. He should just go with the flow and get a percentage of the profit
metal2000

Winnipeg, Canada

#2 Apr 2, 2008
In response, the company claims "the image of Allen dressed as a Hassidic character alongside Yiddish text was meant strictly as a social parody" and that the company sometimes uses billboards "for non-commercial social and political commentary."

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That's got to be one of the stupidest things I've ever read in my life. Yes, clearly American Apparel are hugely into social and political commentary. Riiiiight. And as if that image and text on a billboard even qualifies!
Gentlebreeze

Los Angeles, CA

#3 Apr 2, 2008
Woody Allen is a sick pig.
Flournoy

Corona, CA

#4 Apr 2, 2008
No matter how he behaves in his private life, it has nothing to do with his legal right to be left alone by random dumbass advertising agencies.

I hope the courts give him the 10 mil plus another 10 mil in punitive damages.
Woody Allen

Gaithersburg, MD

#5 Apr 3, 2008
I think it's terrible the way somebody just used his identity like that without permission.
Adrian in Dallas

Pineville, LA

#6 Apr 12, 2008
"American Apparel" is Ralph Lauren's POLO without the familiar POLO logo on it. It's a low-end line created for, I think, JCPenny or Sears.

So why should Ralph Lauren, who's been known to be rather touchy about his own trademarks, be allowed to run rampant over the rights owned by Mr. Allen, even in "social parody"?

Further, since American Apparel is a VERY NEW brand, since when have they involved themselves in the other uses of billboards and such for "social parody"? Their excuse, besides insulting Jews everywhere, is simply lame and unbelievable.
Adrian in Dallas

Pineville, LA

#7 Apr 12, 2008
But I could be wrong... (Which seems to be endemic, as this very site identifies me as being in Shreveport, when I live in DALLAS...)

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