I’m betting our summer associate hasn’t heard of the J Geils Band. She might recognize that ‘Angel Is A Centerfold’ is a song, but won’t know who sang it. I met Peter Wolf once, in Boston, Boston, or 15 Lansdowne, or whatever it was called.
Plaintiff owns incontestable registration for SEXY HAIR for hair care products. Defendant maintains SEXY HAIR SALON and website at sexyhairsalon.com.
Me (voiceover): The following is a conflation of real events, dramatized for anecdotal value.
FX (sound effects): Fog Horn. Footsteps on pavement.
Me (voiceover): Through discovery, I had obtained the name and address of someone who allegedly was responsible for paying for advertisements that promoted counterfeits. Let’s call him John Doe of Any Town, USA. I called him up
FX: rotary phone dialing
Me (voiceover): . . . and after a skillful set of questions, I determined that he was not connected to a counterfeiting ring in Shenzen.
Me (on phone): Out of curiosity, Mr. Doe, have there been any unusual events recently in relation to any of your credit cards?
Him: (astonished) How did you know?
Me (voiceover): Mr. Doe then went on to tell me a tale of fraudulent charges on his card. It’s an oft-told story, rendered none the less sad for its repetition.
Me (on phone): Mr. Doe, did you by any chance use that credit card to purchase something online, perhaps from a non-US website, perhaps from some kind of discount website, perhaps offering prices 50% below what you might have expected to pay?
Him: (after a long self-shaming pause) Good lord, you’re right!! Why several months ago I got a good deal on a Tim Tebow jersey!! I remember being surprised at the time to see lettering in another alphabet on the package label. And the fraudulent credit charges began shortly thereafter!!
Me (voiceover): It wasn’t a Tebow jersey in the real story. That was just a cheap swipe at Tebow.
FX: Arena organ chords and crowd cheers
Me (voiceover): So there you have it. Buy counterfeit goods, and you’re asking to have your credit card number stolen.
Announcer: This has been another episode of Anti-counterfeiting Radio Theatre, brought to you by people acting under color of authority.