The company behind the famous Slip'N Slide home water slide are suing the Paramount movie studio for trademark violation after the slide was used in David Spade's new movie, "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star."
Spade, during the movie, slides down a dry Slip'N Slide, which causes welts to show on his belly and chest. He then tries to wet the slide with vegetable oil, which causes him to smack into a fence. Wham-O Inc. fear this sends the wrong message.
Wham-O are pushing for the removal of the Slip'N Slide scenes from the movie and trailer, and should this prove futile, they would like the movie to carry a "don't try this at home" disclaimer. Paramount has said the suit is "...without legal merit.""
========= OK, I really don't think anyone would see that movie and go "I never want to buy a Slip'N Slide because of that movie." This seems like one of those pointless lawsuits that just seems to take up time.
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Here's a link that shows some of the concerns Wham-O has. Click Here (adn.com)
This could be for cheap publicity, or Wham-O is just trying to cover their ass. According to that article, they lost a $12.3 million lawsuit because some drunk jackass paralyzed himself on a slip 'n slide. We know how idiots love to imitate stupid stunts from TV and the movies, and it would suck for Wham-O to be sued again because some morons hurt themselves. I don't think they are doing it for publicity, because that movie will give Slip 'N Slide tons of free publicity. I think these guys are just still smarting from losing the $12.3 million lawsuit. With products like Slip 'N Slide, Frisbee, and Hula Hoop, you have to figure that $12.3 million will hurt them bad.
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Normally lawsuits like this just seem ridiculous to me, but with the way the courts are going Wham-O has to file this to cover their ass. Even if it gets thrown out of court, they'll have this to fall back on just in case someone involved with the movie gets sued - because you know a case like that would get extended to the manufacturer.
Hmph. Well, if these "consumer friendly" DVDs cost half the price of the Special Editions (i.e. the same as VHS) then fair enough, but what's the betting they stay at the current prices so we pay more for less?