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Legal action from Tim Tebow won’t deter “My Jesus” shirt makers

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This week we mentioned that Tim Tebow’s lawyers were going after the makers of T-shirts with the words “My Jesus” written in the same style as the “NY Jets” logo used by Tebow’s team. Now the company selling the shirts says it won’t back down.

“We are artists and have no desire to trespass on anyone’s legitimate intellectual property rights, but we also will not roll over and sacrifice ours,” CubbyTees.com said in a statement.

Tebow’s name and likeness aren’t actually on the shirts, but the company makes no attempt to hide the fact that Tebow is the inspiration for them.

“This Fall, Tim Tebow will be in the uniform of the New York Jets, potentially taking the Tebowing phenomenon to a whole new level,” the company says on the site selling the shirts. “This fun design is not officially endorsed by New York’s backup quarterback or the Son of God, but plays off the themes of Tebow’s faith and his new team – borrowing from the J-E-T-S to promote J-E-S-U-S, with a fish for a football, and “MY” replacing “NY” with a color scheme that will be familiar to Jets fans.”

If Tebow’s legal team thinks the shirt infringes on Tebow’s rights, they’ll need to put a halt to it.

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58 Responses to “Legal action from Tim Tebow won’t deter “My Jesus” shirt makers”
  1. covercorner says: May 19, 2012 4:15 PM

    This company is using a Gmail address.

  2. stonecld33 says: May 19, 2012 4:16 PM

    Wow another jets story. I just keep beating myself I’m the head thinking I can come to this site and get some real news. O wait..I read about the saints too.

  3. wyoyyz says: May 19, 2012 4:16 PM

    So does this mean Tebow is the only Christian on the Jets?? Come on!

  4. emma333 says: May 19, 2012 4:16 PM

    Look at the entire Cubby website, Tebow is hardly the only athlete parodied there. Are the Tebows the only ones suing? If so, I don’t think Cubby should back down. The site clearly states that the shirt is not endorsed by Tebow, and there is no mention of him on the shirt itself. Tim has spent years self-promoting, but now that Tebowmania is taking on a life of its own, no one else is allowed to make any reference to him without him benefitting. Hmmmm…….

  5. liljere24 says: May 19, 2012 4:24 PM

    What would Jesus do?

  6. phillyphan83 says: May 19, 2012 4:28 PM

    pathetic. I hope cubbytees doesn’t back down.

  7. vtopa says: May 19, 2012 4:42 PM

    Suck it Tebow. You wanted the limelight. You paraded your religion around to a national audience. This is what happens. Welcome to the USA. Separation of Church and State and Freedom of speech. Deal with it.

  8. tfbuckfutter says: May 19, 2012 4:50 PM

    Does anyone know where I can a shirt similar to this only instead of “My” it should say “Your” and underneath it should say “Sucks”?

    I’d like to wear it when the Jets are in town.

  9. buckybadger says: May 19, 2012 4:55 PM

    It doesn’t matter what you think of it you can’t do anything legally against it. Part of being famous, there are less profile ways to live your life if you don’t like it.

    These t-shirts need to be used with caution however, like for instance I have a buddy who had a t-shirt playing of the Green Bay Packers. It was “Green Bowl Packers” with an outline of a green bud on it, a little discrete but not really. His mother was the Speech Therapist at the Elementary School. Well on a day the teaching staff was wearing Packer paraphernalia she ran into her sons room to grab something as she didn’t have anything herself. My friend being a musician and more likely to have a Nirvana shirt had only one Green and Gold shirt himself. Good news: It was only a half day at school that day. Bad news: It was parent teacher conference day.

    My buddy came home and said, “What are you doing wearing that shirt?”. She hadn’t realized but we don’t know how many did. She thought it was a play on the Super Bowl, he had to explain it to her.

  10. delmonte55 says: May 19, 2012 4:57 PM

    Bet if the company donated to Tebow’s foundation it would be ok……Timmy wants his cut!

  11. morgan420 says: May 19, 2012 5:05 PM

    I just saw the shirt and I don’t see how tebow could sue, it just looks very similar to the jets but it doesent say anything bout the jets or tebow. Its just a company trying to take money from christians that are fans of the jets so they used there colors and same shape as there logo and tebow causes he’s tebow. It makes since from a corporate perspective but from a every day joe like myself its all stupid

  12. zn0rseman says: May 19, 2012 5:11 PM

    It is NOT illegal to say that someone is the inspiration for something. This nation is so over-run by scumbag lawyers that it is sickening. In my organization we face 3-5 frivolous lawsuits a month. By the end of 2015 we’re expecting that number to climb to between 20-30. Simply because lawyers are rampin up their game and being taught in “law” school how to manipulate and cheat the system to force companies to settle frivolous lawsuits. who pays for it all?

    You do.

    Every company in the United States has to raise their prices to pay for teams of attorneys in order to fight other teams of attorneys who are nothing more than sophisticated ambulance chasers. The law needs to change badly. We need tort reform. We need lawyers who file baseless lawsuits to lose their license.

    It won’t happen though… because the American Trial Lawyers Association (and their affiliates) make up the single most powerful political lobby in the United States. And sense pretty much every law-maker is part of that frat, they pass laws to help lawyers instead of helping business and consumers.

  13. thegreatgabbert says: May 19, 2012 5:15 PM

    In fact the inspiration came from beloved local fish stand vendor, Jesus (Hay-Soo) DeRomario, a recent immigrant from the Dominican Republic.

  14. sgtr0c says: May 19, 2012 5:17 PM

    How is it hurting tebow when his lawyers are getting face time with the media over this stupidness? Prolly, more likely, this is what the tshirt company already paid tebow for, a media splash…..

  15. Xenu D. Alien says: May 19, 2012 5:26 PM

    I thought parodies are generally protected as fair use.

  16. claydog16 says: May 19, 2012 5:30 PM

    Tim Tebow is the least of their problems. They are using the Jets logo and that is a violation of copyright laws. The can be sued by the New York Jets and the National Football League as well as Tim Tebow.

  17. tfbuckfutter says: May 19, 2012 5:31 PM

    zn0rseman says: May 19, 2012 5:11 PM

    It is NOT illegal to say that someone is the inspiration for something. This nation is so over-run by scumbag lawyers that it is sickening. In my organization we face 3-5 frivolous lawsuits a month. By the end of 2015 we’re expecting that number to climb to between 20-30. Simply because lawyers are rampin up their game and being taught in “law” school how to manipulate and cheat the system to force companies to settle frivolous lawsuits. who pays for it all?

    —————————————

    Umm….maybe your organization sucks?

    Just because you deem them “frivolous” doesn’t make it so, and certainly not ALL of those “3-5 per month”.

    If you face that many lawsuits, you’re doing something very wrong.

    Oh wait….sorry….do you represent Ben Roethlisberger?

  18. Deb says: May 19, 2012 5:32 PM

    Whatever any of us thinks of Tebow, beyond what’s contracted to the NFL, he owns his name and likeness. Other companies can’t use him to advertise their products without his permission. He can’t stop this company from making the shirts, but he should be able to stop them from using his name to market them.

    How do the NFL and NY Jets feel about these unauthorized riffs on their logo? Considering they went after street vendors for selling “Who Dat?” shirts during the Saints Super Bowl, I’m surprised their corporate attorneys aren’t all over this.

  19. oquintero99 says: May 19, 2012 5:39 PM

    Dont know if possibly the Jets can sue since the logo is kind of similar. Thats the thing I can see happening from this logo. Dont think Tebow can sue.

  20. mancave001 says: May 19, 2012 5:40 PM

    Nor sure he has a case, but it’s possible. The standard may be the “possibility of consumers confusing the two brands.” if it’s similar enough to the Jets logo, etc…it’s at least possible.

  21. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: May 19, 2012 5:42 PM

    How in the hell does this infringe on little Timmy’s rights? His name or likeness isn’t used in the logo and the last time I checked, he isn’t actually Jesus.

  22. txxxchief says: May 19, 2012 6:01 PM

    Rex Ryan has also filed suit against the same manufacturer for their “My Podiatrist” tee shirt.

  23. heathshuler says: May 19, 2012 6:03 PM

    they may have to remove his name from the site, but that’s about it

  24. patfic15 says: May 19, 2012 6:18 PM

    Will the real Tebow please stand up? No profits for Tim, no tee’s for consumers…that how it works? You’re taking your persona a little too far, Tim.
    Sincerely,
    A Christian

  25. mungman69 says: May 19, 2012 6:18 PM

    Time to grow up Tebow. You’re in New York, baby.

  26. Deb says: May 19, 2012 6:26 PM

    yssupasigninnamnotyep says:

    How in the hell does this infringe on little Timmy’s rights? His name or likeness isn’t used in the logo and the last time I checked, he isn’t actually Jesus.
    ————————————————-
    Well, Tebow haters can throw tantrums at those who point out the legalities, but that doesn’t change the fact that vendors can’t use a celebrity to market their product without his permission. All they have to do is remove his name from their ads. If they choose to keep connecting him to their product, then he has the right to sue and a judge will have to decide whether his case has merit … even if you think it’s frivolous.

    I’m not fond of Tebow, but if he finds the shirts offensive, he has the right to object to someone using his name to market them. Business is business. Grow up.

  27. zn0rseman says: May 19, 2012 6:27 PM

    tfbuckfutter says:
    May 19, 2012 5:31 PM

    Umm….maybe your organization sucks?

    Just because you deem them “frivolous” doesn’t make it so, and certainly not ALL of those “3-5 per month”.

    If you face that many lawsuits, you’re doing something very wrong.
    ————–

    It’s called working in the insurance industry. I happen to work for one of the top agencies in the nation with outstaing integrity. we face fewer lawsuits than any of our competitors. But hey, way to jump to a conclusion out complete ignorance. I’m betting you’re one of those glorified ambulance chasers I was talking about?

  28. tfbuckfutter says: May 19, 2012 6:31 PM

    zn0rseman says: May 19, 2012 6:27 PM

    It’s called working in the insurance industry. I happen to work for one of the top agencies in the nation with outstaing integrity. we face fewer lawsuits than any of our competitors. But hey, way to jump to a conclusion out complete ignorance. I’m betting you’re one of those glorified ambulance chasers I was talking about?

    ————————————

    HAHAHAHA.

    You get sued for one reason and one reason only….YOU PISS OFF YOUR CUSTOMERS BY NOT DOING YOUR JOB.

    How is it “frivolous” to sue an insurance company?

  29. jayquintana says: May 19, 2012 6:43 PM

    I’m not a legal expert, but… what grounds does Tebow have to sue? The Jets, perhaps, might have a case.

  30. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: May 19, 2012 6:44 PM

    Well Deb…if he finds them offensive then he is a hypocrite for spouting his love of Jesus to the world. Stupid is stupid…you must be a Steeler fan.

  31. Deb says: May 19, 2012 7:16 PM

    yssupasigninnamnotyep says:

    Well Deb…if he finds them offensive then he is a hypocrite for spouting his love of Jesus to the world. Stupid is stupid…you must be a Steeler fan.

    ————————————————-

    And you must be a third-grader. Yeah, I’m a Steelers fan, but that has nothing to do with my feelings about Tebow. My team should have prepared for that game. As I said then and have said since, we were out-Foxed by a better game plan that Tebow executed beautifully. Good for him and the Broncos–and feel free to look up my comments. I don’t do post-game blame and bitterness.

    I’m not particularly fond of Tebow because as a person of strong faith myself, his over-the-top form of Christianity makes me uncomfortable. It’s something I wrestle with because I don’t want to judge him but can’t help mistrusting him. However, proclaiming your faith doesn’t mean you deserve to be exploited. I’m a Christian and find those shirts and the ads extremely offensive. In his shoes, I’d do whatever was necessary to have my name removed from any association with that product.

    If you don’t like the guy, that’s fine. But it’s not hypocritical for a Christian to refuse to endorse every product that mentions Christ–especially those that do it in a frivolous, disrespectful way. What a ridiculous attitude to have. Are you all under 16?

  32. george3246 says: May 19, 2012 7:34 PM

    My bet is that Deb is right about Timbow going after them for using his name for promotion without his permission.

    It would seem that the Jets could gain traction against their logo that is similar to the Jets’.

    The pivotal issue would be the colors used. The similarity of their “My Jesus” logo shape could be okay, if they use colors that are different than Jets’ colors.

    This should be no-brainer that sets precedence for how to deal with future pirates. No! There already has to be precedence set on this common problem.

    This is one time that I’ll root for Timmy and the Jets to win.

  33. upperdecker19 says: May 19, 2012 7:38 PM

    I think a lawsuit on behalf of all fish for using their likeness without permission on the logo has more merit.

  34. purplehayseuss says: May 19, 2012 7:42 PM

    liljere24 says: May 19, 2012 4:24 PM

    What would Jesus do?

    ***

    The best response to any Tebow ‘news’. Well done! My favorite WWJD event was being passed at 85 mph by a truck with that sticker on the bumper. Surely, the Christian at the wheel was on the way to an emergency rebirth.

  35. antneejay2 says: May 19, 2012 7:42 PM

    I just had my post removed. There was no foul language or talk of any one’s mama used. I can only guess it had to do with me displaying a bit of irreverence. This forum is, after all, serious business. If my lack of indignation offended anybody who might have seen my post, I offer my most sincere apologies. Please allow me a chance to atone.

    Here goes:

    Jesus knows more about football than most lawyers, but Timbow knows more about football than Jesus’ mama. You’re all stupid and I hate you.

    How’d I do?

  36. saints4evah says: May 19, 2012 7:57 PM

    ^ now that’s funny…
    Gave me a few chuckles decker…thanx

  37. lostsok says: May 19, 2012 7:57 PM

    So is sucking up to this so-caleld QB called “Teblowing”?

  38. daltex says: May 19, 2012 8:10 PM

    znorseman – a member of the insurance industry has no business calling anyone else in any profession a scumbag. You guys are the true leaches on society and it is your lobbying groups that create compulsory insurance laws that disproportionately hinder the poor. how may legitimate medical claims did you deny this month, i.e. how many families have you harmed in order to make a buck? pos.

  39. iainrwb says: May 19, 2012 8:13 PM

    I know that when the uk jets fan club had a logo based on the Jets one (NY changed to UK, different shade of green) they were asked by the Jets to change it.

  40. stevenfbrackett says: May 19, 2012 8:37 PM

    Judge: Does this item display your likeness, name, or trademarked slogans?

    Tebow: No sir.

    Judge: Does it use the name, logo, or trademarks of any business or non-profit entity you own the rights to?

    Tebow: No sir.

    Judge: Does the company claim you endorse, use or are promoting this product in any way?

    Tebow: No sir.

    Judge: Okay then. Case dismissed. Plaintiff has shown no cause for action. Bailiff, call the next case.

    Tebow: But, but…..

    Judge: Good day, Mr Tebow. Next!

  41. discosucs2005 says: May 19, 2012 8:54 PM

    Remember Tim Tebow isn’t the Jets. He can’t sue this company for using the Jets logo (not that they really are).

  42. inthezone4 says: May 19, 2012 9:34 PM

    Jesus can’t even help the jets win!

  43. therillest says: May 19, 2012 9:59 PM

    I love Tebow but he should instruct his lawyers to leave them alone and let them make their Tees. Its the message that is important no matter how it is arranged. If the Jets have an issue fine, but you would think Tebow would favor this particular exploit.

  44. tfbuckfutter says: May 19, 2012 10:03 PM

    inthezone4 says: May 19, 2012 9:34 PM

    Jesus can’t even help the jets win!

    —————————————–

    The way you phrased this suggests that it’s easy to help the Jets win, and Jesus is such a ne’er do well that he can’t even accomplish a task that simple.

  45. burntorangehorn says: May 19, 2012 11:23 PM

    I’m really looking forward to the day Kansas City gets an outspoken secular humanist at QB, because it makes all the difference in the world to me what my favorite team’s QB believes on the topic of invisible sky-fairies.

  46. mullman7675 says: May 19, 2012 11:34 PM

    The T-shirt company is just trying to make a buck. Tebow, call off the dogs.

    What does he care if they sell a t-shirt that doesn’t have his name or his likeness on it.
    But, in the end, who really cares?

  47. restoretheroar1 says: May 19, 2012 11:44 PM

    Tebow doesn’t have a case since there not using his likeless. Jets could sue since it is somewhat using there likeless. Glad to see Cubby T-tees not backing down to Tebow who i think is clearly in wrong for his baseless lawsuit.

  48. fm31970 says: May 19, 2012 11:49 PM

    Shouldn’t NFL Properties be the entity going after this t-shirt company? The Jets name an logo will still have more value even after Tebow is gone.

  49. bleedinggreenngold says: May 20, 2012 12:01 AM

    So wait, is Tebow Jesus then? Or does he just have a trademark.

  50. kevpft says: May 20, 2012 1:31 AM

    Tebow should definitely watch Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’. It’ll give him an idea of what to expect when the looneys start deciding they know better than their messiah does.

  51. thermalito says: May 20, 2012 2:00 AM

    why don’t these kooks with their goofy Bronze Age religious myths go force their stupid beliefs somewhere else? I tune into to sports so I can forget about how delusional and irrational too many Americans are. Born again Christian Mythologists are a constant reminder of that.

  52. savannahrose44 says: May 20, 2012 4:45 AM

    Tebow’s just mad he didn’t come up with it first.

  53. shrshot says: May 20, 2012 7:10 AM

    Tebow better fire up the legal team, every vendor in DC sells Jesus shirts, so they must be infringing on Tebow’s copyright on Christianity and any shirts in green referencing it. Just another psycho cult member who thinks his way is the only way… Silly cult member… Go talk to your imaginary friend some more

  54. cuda1234 says: May 20, 2012 7:27 AM

    Tebow doesn’t own the Jets, doesn’t own the Jets logo and doesn’t own Jesus. What’s his beef?

  55. abninf says: May 20, 2012 8:07 AM

    restoretheroar1 says: May 19, 2012 11:44 PM

    Tebow doesn’t have a case since there not using his likeless. Jets could sue since it is somewhat using there likeless.
    ————————————————-

    They use his name in advertising. That’s a no-no.

  56. Deb says: May 20, 2012 11:53 AM

    Tebow’s suing because they’re using him in the ads, implying he’s endorsing their t-shirts. It has nothing to do with his name and likeness being on the t-shirts. :roll:

  57. emma333 says: May 20, 2012 1:36 PM

    Cubby is NOT implying that he endorses the shirt, because they very clearly state that Tebow does not endorse. The fact is that they are making a general reference to his success and are just trying to join in the fun. Also featured on the site (by name) are other athletes such as Peyton Manning many Chicago area players from all teams. Are any of these suing???? Tebow is trying to have it both ways in terms of media attention…not going to work this time.

  58. justprofit84 says: May 20, 2012 1:46 PM

    Wow. Tebowmania is in full affect. Damn that media blitz.

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