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Friday April 03rd 2009, 6:57 am
Filed under: Better Than The Machine

Yesterday, we were told that our Kellogg’s Special K with Birth Control sketch had to be removed from YouTube because the Kellogg Company had noticed it, and they do not like birth control. Also, they said were infringing on their copyrights. Between advice from my dad and Paul’s brother (lawyers both), and the coolheadedness of Ballard, I reluctantly agreed to YouTube’s terms and jumped through all their hoops–including saying that we had broken Kellogg’s copyrights.

I’m annoyed with the Kellogg Company for myriad obvious reasons, and all I can figure is that we accidentally stumbled upon a real product in development. How about that?

–Reid.

P.S. I wonder if they thought the video was funny.


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Isn’t it protected under parody or whatever? >:O

Comment by mister nips 04.03.09 @ 9:54 am

parody yes, trademark no.

Comment by Carlos Cabrera 04.03.09 @ 2:41 pm

Yeah, parody apparently protects us from copyright claims, but not trademark claims (like using their logo). Even though they may not have explicitly mentioned a trademark claim, that can be included within a copyright claim. One reason, among many, that it’s especially annoying is because a lot of people get away with a lot worse.

–r.

Comment by Reid 04.03.09 @ 3:19 pm

Me, for instance, I get away with MUCH worse…

Comment by Matt Gallo 04.04.09 @ 1:49 am

You should post an edited version, with a huge censor box over the K, and bleep out “Special K” like its a dirty word, and some really dumb sounding disclaimer. Possibly a vocal one, done in the same voice they use after car ads on the radio.

I want to know who’s job it is to look at YouTube videos and see UNAUTHORIZED KELLOG PRODUCT PLACEMENTS. Very important, more so than the guy who makes sure no mealy worms fall into cereal boxes on the production lines.

Comment by Amy 04.06.09 @ 2:26 am

what ever happened to “any publicity is good publicity”?

Comment by Joe 04.07.09 @ 5:11 am

Theory 1:
People were trying to find the products from our fake advertisements in real stores, in a rather frantic manner. Many stores, fearing rioting, sent people away and directed them to the Kellogg Company directly to procure some delicious raspberry flavored granola bars or chocolate chocolate chunk Plan B/Morning After bars. Problem is, these things don’t exist. Because Christina Reynolds made them up… and she does not work for the previously mentioned super cereal conglomerate.

Theory 2:
An unpaid Intern at the Kellogg Company spends all day watching videos on the Internet. Instead of doing anything even remotely relatd to what he’s supposed to be doing (watering all the wax plants in the office), he stumbles across our video: Kellogg’s Special K With Birth-Control. He thinks it’s hilarious. He DIGGs it. He sends it to his friends. And, here’s the part we could’ve done without: he showed it to his boss, who happened to think it was boss, who wondered aloud why this product had never been attempted by the Kellogg Company. He called his boss, the President and CEO of the Kellogg Company, Fitzroy Kellogg, IV. The two conniving men stole our idea and get us shut down. The 4,000 people who had even seen our video, not to mention the approximately 45 people who had favorited or voted for us who had voted on it, represented a clear leak in the security of Kellogg’s new super secret project that involves Corn Pops not leaving your system until all the sperm is accounted for.

THEORY 3
Some jackass linked our video from the Kellogg Company, thus making them aware of us, the same way a golden eagle is aware of a happy little prairie dog–he gives a shriek, almost a chance to play fair, giving the prarie dog time to run or burrow–but it’s far too late. That prairie dog doesn’t stand a chance.

–r.

Comment by Reid 04.08.09 @ 2:56 am

That’s so unfair. I, myself, have actually been making my own black market Special K (I crunch up some crackers and put them in a box that I’ve drawn a big “K” on with a Sharpie), which I’ve been selling out of the back of a van for years. And yet they go after you guys who aren’t even making a profit.

Comment by Gio 04.27.09 @ 12:49 am



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