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(AP News)   Name and Likeness Troll ABG threatens to sue the bejesus out of Elvis impersonators - including wedding officiants. Bonus: the same company bought Reebok last year   (apnews.com) divider line
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2022-06-01 8:33:14 AM  
BLASPHEMY. FARKING BLASPHEMY.
 
2022-06-01 8:34:20 AM  
Who the hell is this Elvis and why should I care? I think I heard my mother talk about him once when I was a kid.
 
2022-06-01 8:38:08 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: Who the hell is this Elvis and why should I care? I think I heard my mother talk about him once when I was a kid.


He sang about gay prison sex, way ahead of his time.
 
2022-06-01 8:54:11 AM  
They might be f**ked here due to how long they were operating. They might be able to stop new chapels from opening, they might not, but the previously operating chapels can argue that years (decades) of openly operating without so much as a whisper has resulted in a loss of copyright control over them specifically.
 
2022-06-01 8:56:10 AM  
Imma gonna sue them for impinging on my acronym.
 
2022-06-01 8:57:51 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: Who the hell is this Elvis and why should I care? I think I heard my mother talk about him once when I was a kid.


He's some dorky British guy that makes great music.
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2022-06-01 9:01:01 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: Who the hell is this Elvis and why should I care? I think I heard my mother talk about him once when I was a kid.


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He's funny sometimes. I prefer Elliot in the Morning on DC101
 
2022-06-01 9:03:03 AM  
I'm dreaming, but if these guys can somehow pull of this same stunt with TFG it could finally break his base.

Imagine it - they'll threaten to sue every person posting #MAGA on Twitter/ Facebook/ etc. for violations. Hell, if cut him for a good % of the take, he'll jump at the chance. It's the ultimate grift!
 
2022-06-01 9:04:21 AM  
It's time a court says Elvis is in the public domain.  I believe the man and his heirs deserve to profit from his art (though who might better deserve some of it is another issue) but they've done that, and then some.  At some point an icon belongs to the culture.
 
2022-06-01 9:09:08 AM  

pearls before swine: At some point an icon belongs to the culture.


Tell that to Mickey Mouse
 
2022-06-01 9:13:21 AM  
Not even death can stop Torte Elvis.
Dread Zeppelin Your Time Is Gonna Come
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2022-06-01 9:13:44 AM  

inglixthemad: They might be f**ked here due to how long they were operating. They might be able to stop new chapels from opening, they might not, but the previously operating chapels can argue that years (decades) of openly operating without so much as a whisper has resulted in a loss of copyright control over them specifically.


Yeah, I'm thinking the doctrine of Laches applies.

lach·es
/ˈlaCHəz/
noun
LAW
unreasonable delay in making an assertion or claim, such as asserting a right, claiming a privilege, or making an application for redress, which may result in refusal.
 
2022-06-01 9:24:57 AM  
America is almost as insane on the subject of intellectual property as it is on guns.
 
2022-06-01 9:28:22 AM  

grokca: Tr0mBoNe: Who the hell is this Elvis and why should I care? I think I heard my mother talk about him once when I was a kid.

He sang about gay prison sex, way ahead of his time.


And about beastiality. He was a dog hounder.
 
2022-06-01 9:32:30 AM  
I'm glad to see our IP laws are protecting creators as per their intent.
 
2022-06-01 9:34:20 AM  

peterquince: inglixthemad: They might be f**ked here due to how long they were operating. They might be able to stop new chapels from opening, they might not, but the previously operating chapels can argue that years (decades) of openly operating without so much as a whisper has resulted in a loss of copyright control over them specifically.

Yeah, I'm thinking the doctrine of Laches applies.

lach·es
/ˈlaCHəz/
noun
LAW
unreasonable delay in making an assertion or claim, such as asserting a right, claiming a privilege, or making an application for redress, which may result in refusal.


Didn't know the name myself, thanks. That's on top of decades of Elvis impersonators EVERYWHERE hiring out to various events.
 
2022-06-01 9:34:36 AM  
I thought Elvis was alive on Venus.
 
2022-06-01 9:38:23 AM  
So, when did Lisa Marie sell the rights?

IIRC-Graceland Inc made a nice revenue stream on the licensing over the years and they weren't obnoxious about the rates.

This sounds like a VC bought them.
 
2022-06-01 9:44:54 AM  
Brilliant move, do away with one of the few things that keep your property relevant.
 
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2022-06-01 9:50:55 AM  
Just in time for the average person getting married to have no clue who Elvis is.
 
2022-06-01 9:55:11 AM  
FTFA: "The order should not translate into legal action against Elvis-themed stage shows in Las Vegas such as "All Shook Up" because impersonating someone for live performances such as shows is considered an exception under Nevada's right of publicity law, according to Mark Tratos, a local attorney who helped write the statute. "

So the chapels should have a 'stage' (a 6-inch high platform'), rows of seats for the 'audience' who are charged $2 a seat (or what ever gets the chapel the total fee they need), invite the lucky couple to the stage, have their 'Elvis' officiant sing a few bars of Hunka hunka hunka Burning Love to them, and then mumble through the wedding service.

If a stage show is allowed, make your Elvis Wedding Chapel a stage show.
 
2022-06-01 9:56:33 AM  

NeoCortex42: Tr0mBoNe: Who the hell is this Elvis and why should I care? I think I heard my mother talk about him once when I was a kid.

He's some dorky British guy that makes great music.
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There is no such thing.
 
2022-06-01 10:14:50 AM  
Win whatever court cases you want, I doubt Nevada would ever enforce it.
 
2022-06-01 10:16:09 AM  
Well, good thing they're closing the barn door now. Wait a minute...


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2022-06-01 10:20:22 AM  
Easy work around. You get married in a small office outside of the chapel. Then you enter the chapel for an Elvis themed show (which is totally legal), where your wedding is dramatically re-enacted, and you get to participate!
 
2022-06-01 10:24:30 AM  
Ha, I'm impersonating Nicholas Cage in Honeymoon in Vegas
 
2022-06-01 10:32:38 AM  
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I'm not sure how many people want to get married by a retired Canadian figure skating impersonator but I suppose if he were to time the pronouncment with a quad jump that would be pretty cool.
 
2022-06-01 10:40:05 AM  

inglixthemad: They might be f**ked here due to how long they were operating. They might be able to stop new chapels from opening, they might not, but the previously operating chapels can argue that years (decades) of openly operating without so much as a whisper has resulted in a loss of copyright control over them specifically.


That and if they do shut them down, Elvis's popularity and fame goes way down and their stupid brand becomes near worthless.

But what do I know.  I didn't go to Carnegia Melon
 
2022-06-01 10:40:18 AM  

oldernell: I thought Elvis was alive on Venus.


If he was, these companies would be doing everything in their power to avoid paying him while at the same time charging everyone that wants to use his likeness.
 
2022-06-01 10:41:36 AM  

cnocnanrionnag: FTFA: "The order should not translate into legal action against Elvis-themed stage shows in Las Vegas such as "All Shook Up" because impersonating someone for live performances such as shows is considered an exception under Nevada's right of publicity law, according to Mark Tratos, a local attorney who helped write the statute. "

So the chapels should have a 'stage' (a 6-inch high platform'), rows of seats for the 'audience' who are charged $2 a seat (or what ever gets the chapel the total fee they need), invite the lucky couple to the stage, have their 'Elvis' officiant sing a few bars of Hunka hunka hunka Burning Love to them, and then mumble through the wedding service.

If a stage show is allowed, make your Elvis Wedding Chapel a stage show.


Most places any kind of impersonator stuff has an exemption carved out.  How the buskers that dress up as Spiderman or whoever the hell avoid getting their asses sued into oblivion.  In the end if nothing else they always have the parody defense to fall back on - and that's pretty undestructable - especially when the person you're parodying is dead.  Attorneys have a serious uphill battle convincing a judge that people are likely to believe it's the genuine article when said article has been pushing up daisies for quite some time
 
2022-06-01 10:46:21 AM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: [mystarzone.com image 850x1145]

I'm not sure how many people want to get married by a retired Canadian figure skating impersonator but I suppose if he were to time the pronouncment with a quad jump that would be pretty cool.


I think they're referring to the former NFL quarterback.
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2022-06-01 10:54:04 AM  
Why don't those chapels just pick another free theme to use for their weddings?  Like Mickey Mouse weddings.  It's cool to pull in extra business using someone else's work for free, right?
 
2022-06-01 11:12:57 AM  
Yet all those tribute bands play on.
 
2022-06-01 11:23:04 AM  

inglixthemad: They might be f**ked here due to how long they were operating. They might be able to stop new chapels from opening, they might not, but the previously operating chapels can argue that years (decades) of openly operating without so much as a whisper has resulted in a loss of copyright control over them specifically.


/CSB (with legal precedent)

Back in the 80s the Presley Estate sued the Presley County Jubilee in Branson, Missouri. The Jubilee lawyers filed a counter-suit citing that they had been using the Presley name in the music industry longer than Elvis had. The whole thing was dropped very quickly. ABG should stand no chance in the current situation.

My cousin used to play in their band until he died.

/End CSB
 
2022-06-01 11:27:29 AM  
Just add pointy ears and a roman collar to the sequined jumpsuit.

You can then claim that you're an Elvish Priestly impersonator.
 
2022-06-01 11:30:21 AM  

Cyber Duck: Representative of the unwashed masses: [mystarzone.com image 850x1145]

I'm not sure how many people want to get married by a retired Canadian figure skating impersonator but I suppose if he were to time the pronouncment with a quad jump that would be pretty cool.

I think they're referring to the former NFL quarterback.
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Hey now. No bagging on one of my team's top quarterbacks. Grbac threw for over 500 yards in one game.
 
2022-06-01 11:33:19 AM  
Yeah, that's not what a troll is, subby, they 100% legally control that brand, and have for a long time.

This is well within their rights.

The issue I have isn't them legally protecting their brand, it's permitting for decades and then pulling the plug with no warning.
 
2022-06-01 11:40:15 AM  

Mikey1969: The issue I have isn't them legally protecting their brand, it's permitting for decades and then pulling the plug with no warning


it's like a xerographic copy made on facial tissue
 
2022-06-01 11:40:43 AM  
A good comparison here is Dolly Parton. Dolly plays along and allows some stuff simply because it's free marketing. I'm sure her organization has some lines that shouldn't be crossed (like publicly marketing Rule 34 stuff).
 
2022-06-01 11:48:42 AM  
 
2022-06-01 12:01:30 PM  
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2022-06-01 12:08:13 PM  
Can't wait for the last Boomer to die so we can stop venerating Elvis, Marilyn, and James Dean.
 
2022-06-01 1:50:45 PM  

Thosw: Can't wait for the last Boomer to die so we can stop venerating Elvis, Marilyn, and James Dean.


You do realize that you can farking stop whenever you want, right? Stop blaming your desire to follow the trend on "Boomers". If you're too weak minded to make your own choices, that's on you. I don't give a fark about Elvis, but the fact that other people do doesn't make me all triggered like you. Relax, enjoy what YOU want to enjoy, and stop letting others tell you what to venerate/idolize. It's really all up to you.
 
2022-06-01 3:17:03 PM  
I find this sad - mainly on nostalgic reasons.

CSB
Mrs. Sloppy and I couldn't afford a fancy wedding that our parents wanted to we eloped.  When we came to our 5th anniversary, we were now living in Vegas so we invited our immediate family out for a vow renewal to celebrate together.
We had our vows renewed by "Elvis" with two showgirls standing at our side.  It was a blast and everyone had fun.  The King will always hold a spot in my heart.

/CSB
 
2022-06-01 3:55:38 PM  
Pretty sure those who would like a wedding officiated by Elvis are on the decline. Give it a few more years and this will fix itself.
 
2022-06-02 12:36:55 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Not even death can stop Torte Elvis.
[YouTube video: Dread Zeppelin Your Time Is Gonna Come]


What a weird little fever dream of a song that turned out to be.
 
2022-06-02 8:12:44 PM  

Sin_City_Superhero: pearls before swine: At some point an icon belongs to the culture.

Tell that to Mickey Mouse


Years ago, I read that Disney sued a day care center because they had a staff-pained mural of Mickey and other Disney characters on their walls.
 
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