Thursday, January 2, 2014
Wants to Sell Handmade Mr. T Puppets (or Puppies)
|pity the pooch|
Selling handmade Mr. T puppets. If you manage your sales privately and without much fanfare, you're probably fine. But if your puppets are spotted by Laurence Tureaud (aka Mr. T) , then you might receive a cease and desist letter. We assume Mr. T enforces his right of publicity (the right to exploit his personna for commercial purposes) based on the varied collection of kooky merchandise that he exploits. If you seek to register a Mr. T trademark for the puppets, you will also run into a problem because trademark law prohibits registration of the name or likeness of a living person (Mr. T. is alive and even has his own app!) without that person's consent.