Intellectual Property Law
Is Red Sox team in legal trouble for ‘beardism-infringing activities’?
Posted Oct 30, 2013 5:15 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A group that claims to fight for the rights of Americans with facial hair says the Boston Red Sox team is violating its beardism rights, according to an online cease-and-desist letter.
The letter was supposedly dispatched by the American Mustache Institute to Boston Red Sox general counsel Ed Weiss. Corporate Counsel notes the letter and concludes the writer “is talking firmly tongue-in-hairy-cheek.” (USA Today has before-and-after photos of the players here.)
The letter wishes the team the best of luck in the World Series and says it “appreciates your team’s harnessing of facial hair towards athletic excellence.” But the use of beardism in team marketing “violates the expressed federal trademark of AMI’s ownership of the Sexually Dynamic Mustached American Lifestyle,” the letter says.
The missive says the group has filed a request for an injunction to stop “said beardism-infringing activities.”
Corporate Counsel notes that it can’t find “the esteemed white-shoe firm of Dewey, Ahmadinejad & Houssein,” said in the letter to be working on the case. And though the judge mentioned in the letter is real, there is no injunction case against the team on his docket.