Old School Singer Chubby Checker Is Not Happy About His Name Being Used to Sell Dirty 'Yard Sticks'

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chubby checkerPoor Chubby Checker. Back when the singer skyrocketed to fame with "The Twist" in the early 60's, decades before things like celebrity sex tapes were commonplace and the need for dress codes at major award ceremonies, he didn't have to worry about his chosen stage name being used as a dirty double entendre. But times have changed, and in addition to sex tapes and dress codes we also have things like penis size-estimation apps, and, well, of course the developers of an app like that would name it "The Chubby Checker." Can you blame them? It's PERFECT. The Chubby Checker! Get it? HA!

Anyway. I can understand why the actual Chubby Checker (real name Ernest Evans) would be a little upset about having his name on this type of naughty novelty, especially since HP (the app was for the Palm OS) never got his permission and Evans did trademark "Chubby Checker" long ago. But suing HP for half a billion dollars upset?!

That's right, Mr. Checker (?) is suing HP for half a billion dollars, claiming the app -- which allowed women to plug in a man's shoe size and calculate the size of his junk -- caused "irreparable damage" to his "reputation and legacy." Um, sure. But here's the thing: The $0.99 app was only downloaded 84 times before it was removed from the App Catalog in September 2012. So Chubby Checker only owes Chubby Checker about 90 bucks. That's 90 dollars, as opposed to 500,000,000 dollars.

Sounds like somebody went and did The Twist one too many times and suffered "irreparable damage" to his brain.

Do you think Chubby Checker deserves half a billion dollars from HP?


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Zadidoll Zadidoll

$500,000,000 worth of damage? No. A couple of million yes since they allowed his trademark and copyright to be infringed.

DebaLa DebaLa

That is the most misguided question you can come up with. Lawsuits always throw out a high number, only to have it knocked down in settlement, or leveraged just to send a strong message to mega-corporations like HP who know better than to ™ infringe. So get your knickers out of a twist and ask better questions, like, 'What are the minimum requirements to become a blogger?' Just one example.

dekumama dekumama

I agree with with DebaLa mostly. Also, people seem to misunderstand the purpose of lawsuits sometimes. I see people here get so upset, from envy I suppose, and scream that so and so doesn't deserve so much money just for whatever small thing. How else are corporations going to be discouraged from doing things like this? Ask them nicely? If they didn't have something to lose financially, what would stop them from just doing whatever the hell they wanted to make a buck? So it's not just about "Person gets x amount of money from big company for something silly", but also "big company loses x dollars for doing something stupid and maybe won't do it again". Big lawsuits also serve as examples for other companies. 

mande... manderspanders

I know he won't get that much, but yea... trademark infringement and damaged reputation will net him something.  Sadly, many of the younger ones today won't remember Chubby Checker and now if they do, it will be tied to a novelty app.  Lovely, what a way to ruin a musical legacy.

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