I see your point.
Yeah, it's pretty crazy. The first thing I thought when I saw the Nike ad was, "Ian Mackaye is a hypocrite! That guy's been bitching about people selling out for twenty years and now he licences his artwork to Nike?"Then I looked into it and nope, he's suing apparently. I guess Nike can say it's a parody, but I can't be the only one to have thought Minor Threat was getting paid.
I hope they get a lot of money out of Nike.
Yeah, it seems like they have a good case. And it works the other way too. People get sued all the time for appropriating corporate logos, even when it's a parody. In L.A., the police shut down a gallery show for using corporate logos, even though they were all slightly changed. I'm guessing that Nike wouldn't be cool with it if I tried to sell books, for example, by putting a big "swoosh" on the cover.
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