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Published: 2011/04/01

Vivid Entertainment Sues Phish for Trademark Infringement Over Super Ball IX

Just one day after Phish formally announced its Super Ball IX festival, Vivid Entertainment has stepped in with a lawsuit that just may halt the proceedings. Vivid, the world’s largest adult video producer is claiming trademark infringement in the use of the name Super Ball IX. A Vivid representative explained, “We own the Super Ball franchise. That’s what made Arnold Schwarzenpecker a household name. The series is critically acclaimed, it’s his West Wing. Once we added his challenged sidekick, Wee Willie Winkie, it’s been nothing but glory, from Super Ball I on through Super Ball XXX. To be honest, we gave Phish a pass back in 96 with The Clifford Ball. We had registered the mark and were knee-deep in negotiations with both Cheers actor John Ratzenberger and a big red dog but that all fell apart, so we just let it go. Not again. It may surprise you but I promise, we are not going down easy on this one.”


There are 16 comments associated with this post

Jdog April 6, 2011, 21:37:41

I’ve got big balls…you’ve got big balls…she’s got big balls and he’s got big balls..but WE“VE got the biggest balls of them all…IX.

Jdog April 6, 2011, 21:38:09

I’ve got big balls…you’ve got big balls…she’s got big balls and he’s got big balls..but WE“VE got the biggest balls of them all…IX.

DWilson April 6, 2011, 11:43:38

Really? this is stupid just because some company that makes porn puts balls into the title of something they take some sort of claim. Whats next?....maybe they’ll try to sue me too just for having balls. Crazy just plain crazy.

Pete April 8, 2011, 13:19:08

Funny because Super Ball is actually trademarked by a camera company.

Ross April 1, 2011, 10:32:17

Happy April Fools Day.

WeeWillieWinkie April 1, 2011, 10:33:39

April Fools

oodlesofnoddles April 1, 2011, 10:38:09

That’s what I was thinking.

wkapaughi36 April 1, 2011, 10:43:26 “Alternate history books and their completely filled with lies…....”

phishin0ut April 1, 2011, 10:45:21

They may get sued by Vivid for using the name in an April Fools joke!

phishin0ut April 1, 2011, 10:46:49

They may get sued from Vivid for using the name Vivid in an April Fools joke!

me April 1, 2011, 10:52:21

Maybe the issue could be solved by sending all of their actresses to the phesty for free… 3 days of Phish and porn stars… could it get any better? Certainly there would be a Super Ball explosion!

D-Hause April 1, 2011, 11:39:48

Wouldn’t be a April Fools Day joke w/ out a Phish article…ok, it wouldn’t be without a daily Phish article.

CircleLimit April 1, 2011, 13:22:40

I can’t recall if she is with Vivid but I’d love a Sasha Grey sit in. And everyone who doesn’t appreciate a little April Foolery should just chill out. It’s become a tradition.

LILBONSAII April 1, 2011, 19:37:22

Hmmmmm, something sounds Phishy here. hee hee

donyelljenkins April 1, 2011, 22:27:52

Yo Phish! Just call it something like “SuperbILLlNUeve” It’ll be funny, confusing, and get the point across (that is if there’s even one to be made). Last show I saw was in a mud bath in VT back in 2004. I was one of the first 100 cars in for that one, and when I traded it in back in ’07, I still had a lil’ dub sack-o-mud in the glovey. Tried to get the sales guy to throw down another $20 on the trade. Good times. Best! -SMC ’95 btw Ross ’92 was Boss!

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