Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/06/23/cowboy_spat/
Naked Cowboy wrestles Naked Cowgirl
Breast-igniting former stripper in NY trademark spat
New York's Naked Cowboy - who entertains the Times Square masses by strumming a guitar dressed in his undies - has taken exception to a Naked Cowgirl who he reckons is "ripping off his shtick".
That's how the New York Post summarises Sandy Kane's infringement of Robert Burck's Naked Cowboy trademark. Burck is demanding the former stripper, "famous for closing her act by lighting her breasts on fire", either "stop making money off of his trademark or sign a 'Naked Cowboy Franchise Agreement'".
The Post explains: "Most licensed franchisees are required to fork over $5,000 for a year or $500 a month and go through a screening process to ape the Naked Cowboy's act."
Burck said of Kane: "If she's going to sell stuff and make money off of it, then, yeah, she's going to have to pay."
Kane is having none of it. She's been parading around Times Square in "a red, white and blue cowboy hat and matching bikini" for the past few years, posing for photos at a couple of bucks a pop.
The "50-something New Jersey native whose real name is Sandra Brodsky" protested: "You know how much money I make? Two dollars a picture. I'm not selling any products."
The Post has more, plus a snap of the Naked Cowgirl which is not for the faint-hearted, right here. ®
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