When Shawn and I were in New York, we were delighted to see the Naked Cowboy in Times Square, in his hat, briefs, boots and guitar. It was about 30 degrees outside, but he was gamely working the tourists, particularly the women, many of whom wanted a photo op with him.
Shawn sent me this link to a story in the New York Post about Robert Burck, the Cowboy himself, cast as David, battling Goliath.
It seems that Mars, the candy company has a new billboard featuring a blue M&M in hat, boots, tighty whities and guitar. At first, Burck found it amusing, maybe even flattering, but eventually realized that the company was making money on his invention. They will duke it out in Manhattan federal court.
I think he's right. The video billboard shows M&Ms in various tourist spots in New York, but in this case, they have usurped a known character without permission. I hope he wins.
UPDATE: The N.Y. Post story was from the 13th. From the Wall Street Journal Feb. 15: Mars took down the billboard, after ignoring a cease-and-desist letter filed in January. Guess they didn't like their chances of winning the suit.