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NFL takes steps to shut down “My Jesus” T-shirts

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It previously has been reported that Jets quarterback Tim Tebow has tried, via his legal team, to end the sale of “My Jesus” T-shirts with the two words arranged to resemble the Jets logo.  It previously has been explained that it’s not a fight Tebow should be waging, since the T-shirts in no way infringe on his name, his likeness, or any intellectual property, copyrights, or trademarks he owns.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFL has taken steps to stop the apparent infringement against the Jets logo, via a “cease and desist” letter sent late last week.

If the manufacturers of the “My Jesus” T-shirt refuse to relent, the league undoubtedly will take legal action.  And the NFL will have a much stronger argument than Tebow.

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86 Responses to “NFL takes steps to shut down “My Jesus” T-shirts”
  1. lolb23 says: May 20, 2012 5:15 PM

    Anyone mad at Tebow, his lawyers, or the NFL over this does not understand 1A about business, or copywrite laws. Plain and simple.

  2. gergie1957 says: May 20, 2012 5:15 PM

    Tim Tebow, gets down on one knee and points to sky as he reads this headline.

  3. lucky5934 says: May 20, 2012 5:17 PM

    Definitely not the Christian thing to do in Tebow’s regards. As far as the NFL goes, are they going to shut down all little league teams that use a similar logo as well? I hope the T-shirt company wins this. Goodell can’t provide evidence for a bounty, but can quickly make an effort to shut down this company trying to make a buck.

  4. cometkazie says: May 20, 2012 5:20 PM

    I bet the NFL has more money to devote to this “problem” than the T-shirt company.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: May 20, 2012 5:23 PM

    Case will be heard in the courtroom of Judge Pontius Pilate when time is available.

  6. ampats says: May 20, 2012 5:25 PM

    I would think this battle may be tough for the NFL. Unless they can prove trademark infringement which looking at the design is going to be difficult to prove.

    If so chalk one up for the little man against the NFL. I think they deserve whatever they make coming up with the idea for that design. It does not say NY or Jets anywhere on the design.

  7. iced107 says: May 20, 2012 5:25 PM

    Anyone mad at Tebow, his lawyers, or the NFL over this does not understand 1A about business, or copywrite laws. Plain and simple.
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    ….Please show me where it says Tebow owns the rights to “Jesus” or anything christian related.

    The only thing the NFL can sue for is violation of the Jets Logo.

    Please stop acting like you know anything about the Law.

  8. emma333 says: May 20, 2012 5:26 PM

    I have to wonder had the injured party been, oh I don’t know, Blaine Gabbert or some other non-favored one, would this have even garnered the NFLs attention…

  9. vikingsinla says: May 20, 2012 5:27 PM

    Even though this design is clearly inspired by the idea of Tebow as a Christ figure for both his Fundie fans and his detractors, his case has no merit whatsoever.

    The Jets and/or NFL, however, make a reasonably case that the Tshirt design too closely resembles the Jets trademark, and this unlicensed use of their parodied/mimicked trademark is illegal.

  10. lucky5934 says: May 20, 2012 5:29 PM

    Lolb,

    Didn’t know the Jet’s were the only team that used block lettering and a circle around its name. I don’t even recall a fish being on their logo. Their are obviously some similarities, but their are also difference. The Jets and the NFL are going to make plenty of money this year. Do they really need to go after a small business because they came up with a great idea? And yes, people can be mad at TEBOW. True Christians are not worried about copyright laws, making money, and holding others back. Hippocrates however do.

  11. souldogdave says: May 20, 2012 5:31 PM

    The shirt is completely legal, they don’t have a leg to stand on. It doesn’t say “Tebow”, or “Jets”. It is a tribute/parody that is covered by fair usage and free speech. Cease and Desist letters are usually bluffs, for publicity. “Jesus” is not trademarked, it is in the public domain, for Christ’s sake!!(Sorry, couldn’t help myself.) Tebow cannot trademark “Jesus”. “THOU SHALT HAVE NO OTHER GOD BEFORE ME”. Beware of false idols…

  12. ezra954 says: May 20, 2012 5:37 PM

    Yeah but wasn’t Teblow the guy that walked across the Hudson to save those people

  13. dadawg77 says: May 20, 2012 5:38 PM

    I know why the NFL has to protect its IP but wouldn’t this fall under fair use.

  14. randy8123 says: May 20, 2012 5:40 PM

    Anyone mad at Tebow, his lawyers, or the NFL over this does not understand 1A about business, or copywrite laws. Plain and simple.
    —————————————————-

    Tough to think that comment carries any weight considering you mean copyright laws.

  15. thegreatgabbert says: May 20, 2012 5:41 PM

    Crucify the bastards.

  16. trojanwarrior007 says: May 20, 2012 5:42 PM

    Timmy should just do what many people have speculated and come out of the closet. It’s only a matter of time before the NY “community” out him in the back pages of the Post.

  17. blantoncollier says: May 20, 2012 5:43 PM

    Someone wake me when Tim Tebow actually does something on the field and warrants all this attention.

    Wasting time and space on a guy with a half of good year, with a smaller playbook and a GM and Coach that couldnt wait to get rid of him.

  18. mullman7675 says: May 20, 2012 5:44 PM

    It’s all BS. Big Business shutting down somebody trying to make a buck.

  19. realnflmaster says: May 20, 2012 5:46 PM

    Fairytale. All it is.

  20. bahshah27 says: May 20, 2012 5:48 PM

    Haha go to the companies site and check out the saints bounty t shirts. Now that’s funny. Also, something the NFL might want to check out.

  21. iainrwb says: May 20, 2012 5:50 PM

    It’s interesting that the report suggests the NFL are pushing this case and not the Jets. Are Cubby Tees based outside the USA?

    My understanding from talking to the Jets legal department in the past is that the copyright on the logo rests with the Jets within the USA and with the NFL internationally.

  22. Christian says: May 20, 2012 5:51 PM

    If the t-shirt company can outlast the NFL in court, I bet they win. Parody is protected speech.

  23. jets13 says: May 20, 2012 5:56 PM

    ….Please show me where it says Tebow owns the rights to “Jesus” or anything christian related.

    The only thing the NFL can sue for is violation of the Jets Logo.

    Please stop acting like you know anything about the Law.

    ————————

    iced107, sorry but you dont know anything

    when the company starts out (they have taken it down since tim tebow went ater them)…….but starts their t-shirt campaign as “tim tebow new york jets t-shirt”

    Tim Tebow has every right to go after them.

    Maybe 5 seconds of research would help your internet tough guy status.

  24. ravenzfan1 says: May 20, 2012 5:58 PM

    Who cares? I like the shirt and Im not a Jets fan or Tebow fan. Why not take that money you’re going to throw away in a legal battle and stick it in the retired NFL players fund? just sayin…

  25. sliverandhack says: May 20, 2012 6:04 PM

    So glad that drama left Denver. I used to feel bad for Teebs but he does bring it on himself. Good luck NY the Tebow fans are mostly all irrational.

  26. thetooloftools says: May 20, 2012 6:05 PM

    HEY ! Just another attempt to give God a black eye. If it wasn’t what someone wanted, they would have no market for the shirts anyway. Last time I saw anything really relevant from the Jets was when Namath ran into the locker room with a number one in the air back when the earth was still cooling. The Jets needs to stand down and stop trying to be relevant until they are. Tebow couldn’t have handled this any worse. Is he really try to spread God’s word or just when it lines his pockets?

  27. scytherius says: May 20, 2012 6:10 PM

    This is only an issue because it involves Tebow. This is a trademark violation. Tebow’s involvement, on any lvl, means nothing. And I am definitely NOT a Tebow fan. Hell, I’m even very pro-labor and I don’t think a business should just give away it’s trademarks for fun.

  28. xstaticonradio says: May 20, 2012 6:10 PM

    It disgusts me that if the NFL takes them to court, this small shirt company is probably going out of business win or lose.

    As far as I can tell, there’s no infringement here. It’s simply an oval that says “My Jesus” in it. Where’s any mention of Tebow or the Jets?

  29. cloudchamber2992 says: May 20, 2012 6:15 PM

    I would think this battle may be tough for the NFL. Unless they can prove trademark infringement which looking at the design is going to be difficult to prove.

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    As a graphic designer this would never get past any legal department to the approval process. You can not take the color scheme, font, placement and overall design work of someone else and put your message on it. Just as you can not change the key of a song and claim it as your own intellectual property. It’s not satire and they will last less than 2 seconds in court. They (the little man) are stealing plain and simple. They should get nothing because they didn’t come up with that design, they stole it. And it’s a joke for Tebow to sue them, unless he is now claiming all things christian are his intellectual property. Little league teams probably pay a license to the NFL to use certain names and logos.

  30. bigbluefan1 says: May 20, 2012 6:16 PM

    The only reason anyone is upset is they do not come in 5XL so rex can not wear one

  31. brenenostler says: May 20, 2012 6:18 PM

    What’s the big deal anyway? Unless these t-shirts are going to cause the NFL to lose money, I don’t see why this is a problem.

  32. sportsmeccabi says: May 20, 2012 6:22 PM

    Sorry NFL, but parodies are perfectly okay.

  33. Deb says: May 20, 2012 6:23 PM

    From what PFT reported, I thought Tebow was challenging the fact that the t-shirt company was using his name in their ads to sell the shirts–and he has a right to do that. And the NFL certainly has a case of trademark/copyright infringement on the use of the Jets logo.

    Not a Jets fan and not a Tebow fan, but I don’t know why any Christian would buy that shirt in the first place. To me, it’s disrespectful. But I feel that way about the WWJD merchandising, too.

  34. LoCoSu@%s says: May 20, 2012 6:28 PM

    I am truly puzzled. What is T-bo objecting to? The presence of his name in the advertising? Even though it says it is not about him?
    Methinks the man of faith doth protest too much. Lighten up. God does have a sense of humor and this is in no way offensive.

  35. Punk says: May 20, 2012 6:32 PM

    It seems pretty clear that it isn’t an infringement but a parody.

  36. bchapman2011 says: May 20, 2012 6:34 PM

    Anybody who thinks that the NFL will not win this battle is crazy. Just because this T Shirt company is not using the exact Jets logo does not mean that they are not violating copyright/trademark laws. It is very evident from the companies website that they are intending to profit from the Jets and Tebow’s popularity. Why else would the have to put a disclaimer underneath the item that it is not endorsed by Tebow or the Jets? By next Friday a judge will issue a temporary order forbiding further sale of the shirts and they will never hit the market again.

  37. fernjag says: May 20, 2012 6:38 PM

    This only increases the demand for the t-shirt. I bought mine :)

  38. 3octaveFart says: May 20, 2012 6:46 PM

    The NFL’s got nothing to say about it.
    Nowhere on that design do I see the NFL trademark, the name of any team, or the name of any player…

  39. thatsrightmike says: May 20, 2012 6:46 PM

    How’s this any different than any of the countless other logo knockoffs (ie Coca-Cola and Pepsi). Chalk this one up as satire and the little guy wins out via freedom of speech.q

  40. bluntsmokinskinsfan says: May 20, 2012 6:48 PM

    T-shirt company will win. There is no infringement. Goodell is a loser

  41. khuxford says: May 20, 2012 6:49 PM

    The NY Jets have more of a right to argue this than the NFL…but this just underscores that the NFL teams are all truly part of one business, not individual businesses. They still have no right here, as it is a parody. There’s no copyright violation. But Tebow’s people were TRULY wasting everyone’s time, as there was nothing about it that they had a claim to.

  42. 4evrnyt says: May 20, 2012 7:05 PM

    All you have to do is remove the oval that looks like a football and the NFL has no case unless they have the rights to the words “my” & “jesus,” wouldn’t matter what color they are.

  43. browns627 says: May 20, 2012 7:10 PM

    oh crap being a browns fan i better trash all my plain orange tshirts

  44. mrlaloosh says: May 20, 2012 7:10 PM

    I’m sure GODell will extort a tidy sum for a so called license fee & all will be well in the NFL offices.

  45. choppinwood says: May 20, 2012 7:19 PM

    It’s no secret that the NFL overzealously tries to control every aspect
    and tries to profit from each and every opportunity it can. Whether it’s merited or not.

    This is just another instance of The NFL playing bully again trying
    to crush another small company, because the league is not earning a cut.

    Upstarts need to learn that if you want to play
    in the vicinity of its pigpen, you gotta feed the Pig!
    And this Hog is hungry.

    Blackouts, Seat licenses, full price pre-season games, absurd online content protection, –
    – the list goes on and on.

    If the NFL had the temerity to try and abscond with the New Orleans’ ‘Who Dat!” nations slogan, you can believe the Pig has the gull to go after some
    small time outfit who came up with a clever idea. Just the threat of a lawsuit is usually enough for the Pig to gets it’s way.

    Just remember, if you wanna play, you gotta feed the greedy Pig!

  46. mrfrostyj says: May 20, 2012 7:25 PM

    Tim Tebow speaks for Jesus who has told him that he disapproves of this shirt. I wish I was joking but that’s the fact. It’s the use of “Jesus” for making money purposes that Tim is cranky about, not the use of the New York Jets logo.

  47. airplayful says: May 20, 2012 7:34 PM

    I hope all this stupid attention, analysis and minutiae leads to a nice wild-card spot for the Bills.

  48. gadzod says: May 20, 2012 7:35 PM

    I didn’t know the Jets or the NFL owned an oval with decal inside it with a green background.

  49. scytherius says: May 20, 2012 7:38 PM

    My god you non-lawyers. parodies can NOT violate trademark!!!!!! Wow. Ignorant.

  50. skoobyfl says: May 20, 2012 7:40 PM

    Seperation of church & government, got it.

  51. lolb23 says: May 20, 2012 7:46 PM

    ….Please show me where it says Tebow owns the rights to “Jesus” or anything christian related.

    The only thing the NFL can sue for is violation of the Jets Logo.

    Please stop acting like you know anything about the Law.
    _________________________________

    Seriously? Please show me where it says the lawsuit is about Tebow claiming to own the rights to “Jesus” or anything christian related? Is that really what you think?

    Tebow is suing because they used his name to promote the shirts.

    Please stop acting like you know anything about the topic.

    Tebow is a huge Christian freak, and you hate him for being so damn happy about it. We all get it. Doesn’t mean you can just blindly hate on the guy without actually reading the articles. Can’t just look at the pictures buddy.

  52. dryzzt23 says: May 20, 2012 7:53 PM

    Whoa now don’t blame the NFL for entering the fray.

    They own copyrights, etc.

    This is the exact same thing as when the government gets involved when/if you earn any money “under the table”. The govt wants their “cut” and they WILL use their police power to get it, plus penalties.

    Yet the government owns and produces – NOTHING.

  53. dryzzt23 says: May 20, 2012 7:54 PM

    ok so I if I do a parody of the ACLU logo, they won’t have a problem with it right?

  54. tonyromoisterrible says: May 20, 2012 8:03 PM

    Goodell and the nfl are a bunch of crooks.

  55. commandercornpone says: May 20, 2012 8:16 PM

    dry, i might buy THAT shirt.

    aclj is more my style, however.

  56. dawglb says: May 20, 2012 8:16 PM

    There are tens of thousands of T-shirts out there, not licensed by the NFL. The NFL takes this opportunity to go after this one??? Pretty sure their lawyers have other things going on right now that are more pressing. The Tebow-effect is a pretty powerful thing.

  57. hedleykow says: May 20, 2012 8:23 PM

    I like the back door approach to exploiting Jesus that PFT employs — displaying the alleged “illegal logo” to drive traffic to it’s blog posts with every opportunity.

    With even the smallest amount of savvy these days, Jesus can be your cash cow, too.

    Now, let us Tebow (er, uh, I meant let us pray).

  58. voyager6 says: May 20, 2012 8:26 PM

    Perhaps the US Government should sue the NFL for using it’s red white and blue shield logo.

  59. gfan8611 says: May 20, 2012 8:33 PM

    I can see the Jets issue with the shirt. Tebow on the other had needs to avoid bad press, because, after a few years of the Jets being the Jets his popularity will be right in the basement anyhow.

  60. hedleykow says: May 20, 2012 8:47 PM

    *********************************************
    dryzzt23 says:

    ok so I if I do a parody of the ACLU logo, they won’t have a problem with it right?
    *********************************************

    There’s only one way to find out, bro. Knock yourself out at the drawing board, and then report back so we can all be further entertained by your creative and Constitutionally directed genius.

  61. vader7176 says: May 20, 2012 9:00 PM

    One question: Why? This is a PR nightmare should the NFL pursue it. Yes they may have a legal right but the David v. Goliath press this would get (no biblical pun intended) is not the negative publicity the NFL needs at this time. Especially with all the concussion, suicides, bountygate, Vilma appeal, etc. And for what? So Timmy T. doesn’t have his Sunday School view of life questioned? I have been and always have been a Christian. But I have a realistic attitude. Not everyone in the earth will agree with my views. To think they would or that I could change them is unrealistic.

  62. khuxford says: May 20, 2012 10:09 PM

    scytherius says:
    May 20, 2012 7:38 PM
    My god you non-lawyers. parodies can NOT violate trademark!!!!!! Wow. Ignorant.
    _____________

    Well, you non-realists are the ones who think that the trademark would give the NFL a win in court if this went all the way to a completed hearing. This isn’t a case of someone trying to trick people into buying it by making it look like a real piece of Jets merchandise. They make the difference clear.

  63. snarkoraptor says: May 20, 2012 10:13 PM

    Because, the NFL has never done anything petty or vindictive.

  64. propertyofthebroncos says: May 20, 2012 10:36 PM

    This is ridiculous. Tebow is just mad he isn’t profiting off this, there is no reason they should have to stop producing the shirt.

  65. thermalito says: May 20, 2012 11:01 PM

    I guess obnoxious Christian Mythologists think their imaginary god makes them immune to intellectual property theft.

  66. azpackerbacker says: May 20, 2012 11:22 PM

    Go to the cubbytees.com web site. The have saints logo bounty shirts as well as a redskins t shirt with RGIII’s image on it inside the redskins logo. How come we aren’t hearing that Goddell and his goon squad being are up in arms over that??

  67. denverscott says: May 20, 2012 11:33 PM

    Tebow doesn’t own the word Jesus, and the Jets don’t own everything with a green oval. They’re reaching just like Harley did when they tried to patent the sound of their V twin. Ridiculous.

  68. denverscott says: May 20, 2012 11:40 PM

    lolb23 says: May 20, 2012 7:46 PM

    ….Please show me where it says Tebow owns the rights to “Jesus” or anything christian related.

    The only thing the NFL can sue for is violation of the Jets Logo.

    Please stop acting like you know anything about the Law.
    _________________________________

    Seriously? Please show me where it says the lawsuit is about Tebow claiming to own the rights to “Jesus” or anything christian related? Is that really what you think?

    Tebow is suing because they used his name to promote the shirts.

    Please stop acting like you know anything about the topic.

    Tebow is a huge Christian freak, and you hate him for being so damn happy about it. We all get it. Doesn’t mean you can just blindly hate on the guy without actually reading the articles. Can’t just look at the pictures buddy.

    Where did they use his name BUDDY? I don’t see one mention of Tebow on the shirt. Do they have some secret ad campaign mailed only to people that have read the cease and desist letter and therefore know everything, like you? Sounds like you have a mad case of man crush on TT and would love to take a knee in front of him to gargle his nut curd.

  69. joyjoy69 says: May 21, 2012 1:42 AM

    The things is that Tebow is a public figure, so he has no right to expect people to NOT use his name however they like (as long as they don’t misrepresent his role in their message or defame his character using factually inaccurate claims)- otherwise he could sue any journalist (or me for mentioning his name here). The company was very careful to be clear that Tebow did NOT endorse the product, so they are free and clear of his gripes.

    It will be interesting to see if the league has a strong case. I somehow doubt that they will win on the merits, although they have enough money and smart lawyers to win by brute force. Still, if you understand copyright laws, you understand that even if you can show a clear usage of another person’s intellectual property (which is not clear in this case since the copyright covers they text “NY JETS”, not “MY JESUS”), an artist can still do it if, 1.) it represents a clearly distinct artistic message or 2.) it seeks to make a socially or politically relevant point that can only be made by the use of the copyright (any questions, ask Andy Warhol). I would suggest this logo meets both of those qualifications. So, even if you can prove that the artist intended to violate the copyright, they would be OK if the point was to show the arrogance of a certain NY Jets player who might automatically assume that such a reference to Jesus was a reference to him. Again, my bet is the NFL will win this one, but not because it has the better legal grounds…

  70. joyjoy69 says: May 21, 2012 1:45 AM

    dryzzt23 says: May 20, 2012 7:54 PM

    ok so I if I do a parody of the ACLU logo, they won’t have a problem with it right?

    ———————-

    So… what does the ACLU logo look like, anyway?!

  71. joyjoy69 says: May 21, 2012 1:57 AM

    bahshah27 says: May 20, 2012 5:48 PM

    Haha go to the companies site and check out the saints bounty t shirts. Now that’s funny. Also, something the NFL might want to check out.

    ——————————–

    That’s a really good point. Interesting the league is upset about the Jets “infringement” when the Saints, Redskins, Colts and Patriots are blatantly more obvious (and Andrew Luck. RGIII and Rob Gronkowski have a much bigger gripe than Tebow since, their names are actually used). So why did the league choose to fight the company on the issue of a questionable JETS reference instead of these other teams? Look into this, Florio, and let us know WTF?!

  72. snarkoraptor says: May 21, 2012 2:34 AM

    Even if they get a judge to stop the sale of the t-shirts, Tebow and the NFL just gave the company millions of dollars worth of free publicity that they wouldn’t have had otherwise.

    Mission accomplished.

  73. Punk says: May 21, 2012 5:59 AM

    One of the many things about this situation that makes me laugh is: This is New York. OF COURSE there is a t-shirt! You haven’t arrived yet in the Big Apple unless you have a t-shirt!

  74. boblavoie says: May 21, 2012 6:58 AM

    More distractions for a pitiful team. BB will be laughing all the way to the playoffs.

  75. mwindle1973 says: May 21, 2012 7:33 AM

    I’m not sure this parody is a copyright infringement. For instance If you do a parody of a song and make money from it your fine, even if you copy the music and melody. As long as the words are different. I’m not expert in this issue. But I never heard the milk industry sue anyone for making their “Got Milk?” slogan into those “Got Jesus?” t-shirts several years ago. I’m sure they copyrighted the commercial and either way it’s proven intellectual property if not. This is where Florio really lacks as a writer. Why doesn’t he tell us why this has legal traction, and why people like me and over half the people commenting in here are wrong. I assume the NFL wouldn’t pursue the issue if they didn’t have a chance of winning. In fact they probably wouldn’t pursue unless they know they’ll win, because of the negative publicity. But it doesn’t make sense to me…I mean ever seen an Elvis impersonator? If they were trying to use the Jets logo as a serious attempt to brand or promote a specific product, etc. then it would be a problem. But a parody is very different. Ever see “Scary Movie”? They don’t pay anyone for doing parodies of scenes from horror films. Even though they directly copy key elements of the scenes, it is only for the purpose of the parody. Nobody thinks they are trying to “copy” those scenes literally. And that’s the difference between stealing and borrowing. And nobody believes that this t-shirt company is trying to copy the Jets logo literally. So I just don’t see a case here. This is an unpopular move by the NFL. I’m just wondering if they haven’t just foolishly made more bad press for itself

  76. pftfannum1 says: May 21, 2012 7:55 AM

    Really Tebow? When did you have exclusive right to Jesus or the Jets? Jesus can’t benefit any one else publicly other than you?

    The NFL and the Jets are legitimate to bring on any law suit but it is not that easy for them to win.

    It may resemble the Jets logo and it was intended to but there are many differences that it will be hard for any one to prove it is an infringement to the copyright.

  77. electionconfidential says: May 21, 2012 8:19 AM

    Parody is not copyright infringement. Quite the contrary, parody is protected speech. Christian T-shirts have take similar forms for decades with designs like “God’s Gym” as a parody of “Gold’s Gym” etc.

    This is the second thing Tebow has done to make himself look bad since the trade. The first was to lie about whether he had the choice of going to NY or Jacksonville.

    If people want to see Tebow fall from grace they’ve got him in the perfect environment for it right now. Personally I wish him the best and hope he holds it together.

  78. pizzon says: May 21, 2012 8:23 AM

    who says the NFL isnt a bunch of hypocrites. they make millions off of Tebow ramming his religious beliefs down our throats, and now they are worried about offending people. what a joke!

  79. dexterismyhero says: May 21, 2012 9:23 AM

    @lucky5934 says:May 20, 2012 5:29 PM

    Lolb,

    Didn’t know the Jet’s were the only team that used block lettering and a circle around its name. I don’t even recall a fish being on their logo. Their are obviously some similarities, but their are also difference. The Jets and the NFL are going to make plenty of money this year. Do they really need to go after a small business because they came up with a great idea? And yes, people can be mad at TEBOW. True Christians are not worried about copyright laws, making money, and holding others back. Hippocrates however do.
    ================================

    HAHAHA…..spell much Lucky….what? 3rd grade?

  80. khuxford says: May 21, 2012 9:41 AM

    mwindle1973 says:
    May 21, 2012 7:33 AM
    I’m not sure this parody is a copyright infringement. For instance If you do a parody of a song and make money from it your fine, even if you copy the music and melody.
    _______________

    Weird Al has several parodies he can’t release because he can’t get approval from the performers of the song he’s parodying, so that might not be as cut-and-dry as you think.

  81. coltsfirstsecondary says: May 21, 2012 10:26 AM

    I’m far from being either a Jets or Tebow fan. I am not religious at all. However, what nobody seems to be realizing is that if Tebow is as genuinely Christian as he appears to be, then the reason he has a problem with the shirt is not that infringes on any of his copyrights, but that it could be misconstrued that the shirt is suggesting that Tebow = Jesus. This would be blasphemous for any true Christian.

  82. khuxford says: May 21, 2012 10:45 AM

    @coltsfirstsecondary: but he’d have even less of a legal leg to stand on when it comes to that. He’d only be able to just make an announcement that he’d prefer no one buy those shirts because they’re blasphemous. It’d probably be more effective than this, even if it might assure him of seeing a few hundred folks wearing them when the Jets come to town to play their team.

  83. dolphandan says: May 21, 2012 11:15 AM

    Guess I better hide my Green Bowl Packers shirt.

  84. iced107 says: May 21, 2012 12:36 PM

    jets13: iced107, sorry but you dont know anything

    when the company starts out (they have taken it down since tim tebow went ater them)…….but starts their t-shirt campaign as “tim tebow new york jets t-shirt”

    Tim Tebow has every right to go after them.

    Maybe 5 seconds of research would help your internet tough guy status.
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    internet tough guy? Because I know what I’m talking about?

    Might want to research the copyright laws buddy and how they work. The company didn’t just “start out” – they’ve had many other t-shirts before. And Whether or not there is anything that is “related” to Tebow is irrelevant.

    There is no part of Tebow or any kind of direct representation of him that is represented on the shirt. The jets logo is the only thing that is copy righted and trademarked. The NFL is the only party here that potentially has a case.

    Helps to know what you’re talking about instead of being some loud mouth who watched Law and order once or twice.

  85. sixdukkha says: May 21, 2012 1:01 PM

    Go to the t-shirt website, click on the t-shirt in question, and read the description. They are definitely using Tebow’s name to sell this t-shirt. While the website doesn’t explicitly say it, the implication is that this shirt is endorsed and liked by Tebow. This awful article isn’t explaining Tebow’s position. Instead they are mocking him. The logo isn’t what is being questioned. Using Tebow’s name over and over again in the description is. Let’s say dolphindan is famous and pro-life. If I make a pro-choice t-shirt, and then repeatedly use dolphindan’s name and circumstances to promote the shirt, don’t you think he would see that as improperly using his name/likeness? It’s not the jets logo that is a problem for Tebow. Go to the website, read the t-shirt description, then come back here and apologize to Tebow.

  86. coltsfirstsecondary says: May 21, 2012 1:41 PM

    @khuxford: Excellent point.

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