OK, this is the craziest thing I’ve heard all day. Dave from Little Radio (where BarCamp was hosted) just posted a comment on this entry about Shepard Fairey hosting a show on Indie 103 stating that he just received a nastygram from Indie 103‘s lawyers about his logo saying it looked too much like theirs. Here’s the trick, Shepard designed them both. Here’s his full comment:
So guys, INDIE is threatening to sue me. I own indie103.com, which was originally a stab at Clear Channel’s illegal involvement with Indie. This is a paragraph from the certified letter I got:
“We have also discovered that Little Radio is using a logo or design mark that copies the design mark that is used by our client for it’s INDIE 103 radio station. Little Radio’s use of it’s confusingly similar logo aggravates the confusion of the public caused by your blatant infringement of our clients INDIE 103 mark. This use also illustrates Little Radio’s bad faith in registering and using indie103.com domain name”.
As I’ve said all along, if Mark S. or anyone from Indie would have emailed or asked for the domain, I would’ve given to them at any time. I seriously could care less about it. I’m happy to give them the domain, though I think it’s total bullshit that they feel the need to strongarm me with threatening letters from lawyers in Chicago. Way to spend money guys!
As far as the logo dispute goes, considering that Shepard Fairey created both logos, and especially since Shepard was given no direction from me or anyone @ Little Radio about how the logo should look. INDIE 103 is threatening to sue me, basically, because Shepard stole from Shepard?? They should look at Shepard’s work and take note of his “style” not to be confused with their “mark”
They’ve given me till Friday to “cease” the use of my logo. Yea, okay.
LA’s Only True Independent, My Ass.