Sex Pistols Claiming Trademark Infringement? Because Selling Out Is So Punk Rock

from the god-save-the-cream dept

I first heard about the Icecreamist's "Sex Pistols: God Save the Cream" ice cream + absinthe monstrosity (served out of an IV drip?!?) a few weeks ago when my friend Jean had one for breakfast (wait... breakfast?!?). Either way, it was amusing to see ice cream go punk rock/extreme. However, apparently the rights holders for the Sex Pistols are none too pleased. Lawrence D'Oliveiro (without a link!) alerts us that the Sex Pistols are threatening legal action over the ice cream. Now, my guess is that the Pistols have a decent enough trademark claim here. The menu in Jean's photos clearly show the drink called "The Sex Pistol" with the tagline "God Save the Cream" (a play on the Pistol's "God Save the Queen"). However, it doesn't seem particularly punk rock to be filing trademark infringement lawsuits, does it? As the Icecreamists are saying:
"We are a bit dumbfounded that a group that made its reputation for being banned is trying to ban one of our ice creams and claim copyright over the national anthem and the Queen."
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    Alan Gerow (profile), 20 Oct 2009 @ 2:14pm

    Isn't any anti-establishment musician or musical group that signs a record contract with a major record label by definition a "sell out"? They've sold their music to the music industrial complex and no longer are making music for the fans, but are making it for the shareholders.

    To ever be truly punk rock, you'd have to first refuse to be a cog in the machine. Once you sign a contract, you get your cog membership card and secret decoder ring; you're no longer punk rock anyway.

    The only way to not be a "sell out" and have a record contract is never to have ideals to begin with. Then there's nothing to "sell out" of.

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