Intellectual Property Law

Naked Cowboy Sues Female Competitor, Says She Stole His Shtick


A New York man who has made a business out of playing a guitar in Times Square while seemingly wearing very little except a cowboy hat and his shoes has filed a federal lawsuit against a female competitor.

Best known as the Naked Cowboy, Robert John Burck contends that comedian Sandy Kane (aka Sandra Brodsky) has stolen his shtick and diluted his brand and business reputation with unauthorized imitations of his persona and rude behavior, reports the New York Post.

His suit was filed by attorney Joey Jackson.

But attorney Nicholas Barnhorst, who represents Kane, a former stripper, says the suit lacks merit. Burck “does not have a monopoly on scantily clad guitar playing,” he tells the newspaper.

Additional and related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Judge Sides With Naked Cowboy in Candy Co. Claim re Trademark Role”

Associated Press: “1-man rodeo: NYC’s Naked Cowboy sues Naked Cowgirl”

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