Gibson suing Funko toys over guitar designs

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    http://ultimateclassicrock.com/gibson-funko-lawsuit/

    This is a riot.

    "....into mistakenly believing that the defendant’s unauthorized products are made directly by Gibson pursuant to Gibson’s strict quality control standards or Gibson has authorized or licensed the use by Funko of the Gibson trademarks...."

    They think a toy guitar is an insult to their shoddy QC!

    Now im not a gibson hater, but this is funny. (I might get sued for typing gibson with a lowercase "g")

    For shits and giggles, which era Hetfield is that? Ajfa/black/load era i suppose? Lol
     
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    There are only a few days left for submissions for The Dumbest Things That Happened in 2017, so I suppose you've gotta bring the stupid to get consideration.
     
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    That's not a gibbo headstock

    And Het is on an ESP. You can tell by the pointy points
     
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    eaeolian Pictures of guitars I don't even own anymore! Super Moderator

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    Man, Henry's grasping at straws, isn't he?
     
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    Oh, Gibson.
     
  7. HeHasTheJazzHands

    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    And people wonder why we point and laugh at Gibson here.

    I used to defend them, but after seeing how bad they can be to their employees and having bad experiences with their recent guitars (and of course this petty stuff) they can get fucked. :lol:

    Betting they're going for 1988 - 1994 era Het. Looks closest to AJFA with the white guitar, though.
     
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    Henry Jerk-o is bat shit crazy.
     
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    feraledge Heard the Good News about Maple Fretboards? Contributor

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    “I think I know how we can save the company!”
    Then, this.

    When they eventually go under, it’s going to be a lonely grave.
     
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    NotDonVito will never get his bass

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    Funko should be sued for being a public eyesore more than anything.
     
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    Floppystrings No like the floppy

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    Hey what kind of fretboard is that on that there 2017 Les Paul Custom for $4000+? Ebony right?

    Nope...Ebonite plastic...now gimme your money.

    Oh Gibson. :D lol
     
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    Got to keep the company afloat somehow!
     
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    HeHasTheJazzHands greg rulz ok

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    If anything, I'm glad they're doing that.
     
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    Too be fair .... Funko probably did better QC on that guitar than Gibson does on their actuals.
     
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    I bought the het one for shits and giggles. If gibsob somehow wins this asinine lawsuit it might be worth a bit more lmao
     
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    It's a sad state of affairs when it starts to feel like Gibson going out of business would be a good thing for the guitar industry...
     
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    I get their point about using a likeness without their permission, but it’s a stretch, for sure, and the whole business about the QC is just weeeeird. And Funko did an IPO? WTF? Who the hell bought shares of that?! :lol:

    But, full disclosure, I bought the 3 Babymetal girl ones last year. So I guess perhaps I am the target audience.
     
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    if someone has the right to "sue" them, would be the artist itself. But Gibson? what a joke. Go to court, grab a photo of a LP and grab a photo of the toy guitar used:

    "people of the jury, do these look exactly like each other?"
    "nope"
    "case closed"
     
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    Is Gibson suing everyone that makes something that remotely resembles one of their guitars? What about inflatable toy guitars? Would they meet their strict quality controls or would someone get confused when buying one and think it is a Gibson? Wondering why the guitar deflates when putting the jack in instead of giving any sort of sound?
     
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    It would make me think it’s a Gibson.
     
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