Saturday, February 24, 2007

McCoke Spoon

Artists Tobias Wong and Ken Courtney make and market limited edition art objects that comment on consumer culture. Their 18 carat gold dipped "coke spoon" recently got the attention of the McDonald's corporation which sent a cease and desist letter to gallery/store, Citizen-Citizen. Of course, the artistic message would be vastly different if the artists made only one unique spoon for exhibition. The fact that the spoons were being produced and distributed was central to the message. Distribution of multiple copies can often shift both copyright and trademark analysis in cases like this. (via Agenda, Inc.)

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