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Old 12-20-2006, 08:14 PM   #1
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I came across this ad for several restaurants. Does any one else think it borders on infringement of Bono's name?

http://www.bonosbarbq.com/about/


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No it doesn't.
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Old 12-20-2006, 08:22 PM   #3
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Why would it not?

Bono's name is popular worldwide...unless of course, he has an interest in these restaurants.

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Yes his name is popular but alot of people have that as a last name. People might get confused but I don't think it's copyright infringement.
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why don't we copyright the letter e, too?

Actually you might say that Bono infringed on the name of the founder Lou Bono, who clearly had the name first if he was firing up BBQ pits in 1949.


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All right....now that is settled.......we can check out the fine food!

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it's not copyright infringement, but it definitely could violate Bono's "right of publicity." basically, if a court finds that consumers would be confused into thinking that Bono actually was affiliated with this restaurant, and that the owners of the restaurant used that name to capitalize on Bono's reputation, it could enjoin the proprieters from using the name.

(sorry, i'm a lawyer )

here's some more info on rights of publicity:

http://www.law.cornell.edu/wex/index.php/Publicity

"The Right of Publicity prevents the unauthorized commercial use of an individual's name, likeness, or other recognizable aspects of one's persona. It gives an individual the exclusive right to license the use of their identity for commercial promotion."
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I didn't click the link nor have I ever heard of this place but how do you know the last name is not pronounced Bone-o like Sonny Bono?

I used to work for a phone book advertising co. I spent many hours proofing phone books ( yes people actually do get paid to read those things before they go to print ) and there's plenty of people with the last name of "Bono" out there.
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here we have rigth now, some cheap t-Shirts with the word U2
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I didn't click the link nor have I ever heard of this place but how do you know the last name is not pronounced Bone-o like Sonny Bono?

I used to work for a phone book advertising co. I spent many hours proofing phone books ( yes people actually do get paid to read those things before they go to print ) and there's plenty of people with the last name of "Bono" out there.
and that's definitely one of the factors that the court would take into consideration when deciding the case. additionally, the parties would conduct consumer surveys and present them as evidence to show whether people were actually confused and mislead into thinking that was associated with the restaurant. it's a very subjective analysis.
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here we have rigth now, some cheap t-Shirts with the word U2
that would be trademark infringement, since i'm sure the name "U2" is trademarked.
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that would be trademark infringement, since i'm sure the name "U2" is trademarked.
trademark infringement is so common here I guess is because no one really cares about it

I mean, those affected can´t really be worried about a little store in a little country that sells cheap t-shirts with the word U2
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trademark infringement is so common here I guess is because no one really cares about it
yup, it's super common here as well- just walking along Canal Street, you'll see every "designer" handbag you can imagine- and they only cost $20 as opposed to $800. how's that possible??
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now im hungry for some bbq
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