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DEVO suing Mickey D's - Q: Are we not Litigious?

By malcolm Published: June 30, 2008

A: We are DEVO.

McDonald's had made an enemy of D-E-V-O and their L-A-W-Y-E-R-S.
The Akron born band is suing the Burger Behemoth over a happy meal toy given away last spring as part of an American Idol related promotion. The toys were little plastic figures with outfits that correlated to various musical genres including Disco Dave, Rockin’ Riley, Soulful Selma and this little slice of copyright infringement dubbed New Wave Nigel.

Gee, that little guy's hat sure looks like one of DEVO's patented (and copyrighted and trademarked) Energy Domes, doesn't it?
The band sure thinks so and are turning loose their legal team on Mickey D's

Gerald Casale, Devo bassist and energy dome creator had this to say about the suit:

“This New Wave Nigel doll that they've created is just a complete Devo rip-off and the red hat is exactly the red hat that I designed, and it's copyrighted and trademarked," Casale told the Australian Associated Press.

"They didn’t ask us anything. Plus, we don’t like McDonald’s, and we don’t like American Idol, so we’re doubly offended,” he said.

The doll also sports an orange jumpsuit and plays a song that Club says sounds like a mutated version of Doctor Detroit
which is a crappy song)




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