Gibson suing Funko toys over guitar designs

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  1. Andromalia

    Andromalia Pardon my french

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    Well, if I got things right, Gibson sort of has to at least make it look like they're suing to avoid them not suing being used as an argument that the license is now in the public domain.
    That said, the fact that Het's guitar doesn't have a Gibson headstock would lead me to think Funko did their homework. I have a ton of Funko figurines free from work, they're pretty good quality. Sadly, those didn't include the babymetal ones as it's not really the IP of my company XD
     
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    they don't have to sue. they can give them permission to use the designs and have them just add a thing that says used with permission. It's enough that you are actively protecting and managing your ip. You don't need to be aggressively suing everyone.

    So they could be nice about it. but funko is probably making more profit then gibson at this point.
     
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    Chokey Chicken mouth breather

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    The knobs are all wrong, they lack logos, and they're not eating into gibsons bottom line.

    This is just a drowning person trying to stand on somebody's shoulders to stay above the water line.
     
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    They did pull something like this before a few years ago, when Wowee Inc. released the "Paper Jamz" line of toy guitars using distinctly Gibson shapes:

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    Dunno how Gibson was financially back around 2010, so, hard to say if this is, in fact, a floundering company grasping for anything, or just par for the course.
     
  5. synrgy

    synrgy Ya ya ya I am Lorde

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    Nights_Blood Fire and Brimstone

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    Ha, I did too. Gonna replicate James' "EET FUK" and just write GIBSON beneath that.
     
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    Yeah, this is definitely a violation, IMO. For the Funko things, that's a tough one. I certainly hope Slash and Hetfield are being given royalties. And I would somewhat doubt the clothes the dolls are wearing would be at issue, in terms of whatever "brand" they might be. But Gibson's point is, apparently, that the guitars these guys use are so iconic that it must be licensed to appear there. It'll be interesting to see what the courts say.
     
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    Lindmann SS.org Rectangular

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    Doesn't the Slash figure wear Converse Chucks?
    And Hets pants resemble the pants I once sewed. See you in court Funko.
     
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    BigViolin Rosewood Boarded Contributor

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    How great would it be if Derrig and Max got in on this?

    :lol:
     
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    pondman Build Whore. Contributor

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    Pics or it never happened :)
     
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    Funny thing is. Slash uses a replica not a Gibson and the explorer clearly isn't a Gibson either... White headstock.
     
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    This!

    Also Gibson is such a freaking joke. I'd rather buy a hundred Funko Pop figures than a Gibson guitar, any day of the week.
     
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    Fwiw i dont even think the toy guitar is a Gibson i think its a Greco:lol:
     
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    Andromalia Pardon my french

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    Didn't even know Greco made explorers. One learns every day
     
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    Was referring to the Les Paul.......I forgive you :)
     
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    Drop the figurine and check if the guitar headstock breaks off. If so, copyright infringement confirmed.
     
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    Interesting concept.

    If someone copied Gibson, and Gibson did not successfully sue the company that made the copy, then someone copies the copy, how could Gibson successfully sue for the copy of the copy?
     
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    The thought of Gibson taking shots at anybody over QC issues is the most laughable part of this entire thing.....
     
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    Another reason to not buy a Gibson guitar. Thanks for the reminder, Gibson.

    This stuff gets to the point where it's like gee, I hope I don't accidentally build a sandcastle or something shaped like a Gibson guitar. Someone might sue me!
     

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