So yesterday we told you that not giving Jessica Watson an official record for being the youngest person to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world was bullshit and most of you agree. We also called the Sail World owner a douche for squawking about it. Most of you agree with that, too. So it bums us out to now have to call out Watson’s program for very likely ripping off a company’s name and logo.
Believe us, when we heard that a company named Pink Lady Apples had written to Jessica’s team, claiming concerns over the use of the term "Pink Lady" and that the phrase is subject to trademark and has warned the sailor’s team against "damaging the brand", our first reaction was "what a bullshit claim."
But then we looked at the names and logos and went "uh-oh." Seriously, it is almost impossible to have come up with the name and logo without having seen it and ‘borrowed’ it from Pink Lady Apples. Sure, the logos aren’t exact, but they are so stupidly similar as to be, well, stupid.
Maybe it is no big deal, and in the scheme of things, of course it isn’t, but ya just can’t do that and get away with it in this day and age. Believe us, we’re the last ones to get uptight about this sort of thing, but there were a million other names and logos to choose from, and they ended up with that? Puhlease!
To their credit, Pink lady Apples seems to be remarkably cool about it, but of course Watson’s team should have approached PLA about a sponsorship deal long ago instead of putting themselves in this unfortunate situation. And of course it doesn’t take anything away from her record sail, but clearly someone on the team screwed up. Now, PLA has an opportunity to maybe actually make something good out of this instead of coming down as the corporate heavies on Watson and we’ll be watching closely to see what they do.
As for Sail World? We expect them to now claim that Jessica’s record should be stricken from the books, and have her thrown in jail in the process…