Mid-June appears to be “defend parody T-shirt week” for the lawyers at Public Citizen.
Just days after convincing the Ready for Hillary political group to drop its threats against a seller of T-shirts mocking its cause, the lawyer who was recently profiled as the “Web bully’s worst enemy,” Paul Alan Levy, has found a new t-shirt fight to resolve.
Skylar Shatz, who owns the independent T-shirt shop SkygraphX, received a “cease and desist” letter from Philip Morris’ attorneys earlier this month. Philip Morris claimed one of his shirts, which turns a Marlboro box into one labeled “Death,” infringed and diluted its trademark. It turns out Shatz is one of hundreds of parodists who have tweaked Philip Morris brands, only to find themselves on the receiving end of a lawyer’s threat.
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