p2pnet.net News:- A while back, Canada`s SOCAN got shirty about p2pnet`s use of its logo as a graphic in stories in which SOCAN featured.
Now Hormel, makers of the delightful luncheon meat product SPAM, have been offended by the same thing.
The main difference is: SOCAN`s protestations were childish and petty whereas Horman`s are understandable.
We recently became aware of your Web site and your use of our SPAM® product image, with the ban symbol over it, which is used on your site in a manner that draws a close association, and a negative one at that, between our famous trademark SPAM for meat and other products and the practice of sending unsolicited commercial email (“UCE”) (“spam”), company lawyer Kevin Jones said in an email to p2pnet.
While we oppose UCE, we object to your visual use of our product as a symbol of UCE. We have a policy of keeping our product image separate from information on spam or UCE. The reason for this is that we do not want to increase the connection or association between our product and the very negative image arising from this disfavored practice. It’s bad enough that the same word is used; it is even worse when our product image gets dragged in, as well.
Fair enough. We see Hormel’s point. Who’d want to be associated with e-garbage? Also, SPAM was a mainstay for troops during World War Two.
So we`ve promised not to use the SPAM can in anything associated with, well, spam.
We also engaged in a brief Q&A which went as follows:
p2pnet: Have other sites which have also used the image been similarly approached? If so, how many and which ones?
Hormel: Yes, we have contacted numerous sites, which would be too much trouble to list and identify for you. If you know of any, we’d be happy to know about them for follow-up.
p2pnet: Will you be seeking to have Spamalot stage show closed?
Hormel: We have an agreement with the producers of the Broadway musical Spamalot. They are using that name with our permission.
p2pnet: Is it true Hormel Foods gave a gold can of SPAM to the first 100 people to buy tickets to the musical?
Hormel: The SPAM product distributed to the first 100 attenders were Golden Honey Grail, identifying the flavor.
We forgot to ask if it’s OK to associate SPAM with Vikings ; p
In the meanwhile:
and who dares mock Spam?
you? you? you are not worthy
of one rich pink fleck
And don’t forget SPAM-Ku: The Book!