In a shrewd marketing move–hey, how many people have heard of Blimp Rock before now?–a Toronto band is asking for $700,000 in restitution from the Blue Jays for infringing on what they say was their slogan. Fortunately, they’re not serious. At least I don’t think they are.
Here’s the story. In 2012, Blimp Rock recorded a song entitled “Oh, Baseball” about the Blue Jays ’93 World Series run that features this line: “And the people, they come together.” Ergo, they cite prior art vis-a-vis that phrase, as they had connected the phrase “come together” to “baseball” about three years before the Blue Jays did.
Because of the specifics of this association, they feel okay in ignoring previous uses of “come together” (cf. Primal Scream and some band called “The Beatles”) and are comfortable is asking for $700,000.
Why $700K? Because the band has a long-held fantasy project of raising that kind of coin to hold a music festival from aboard a blimp floating over Lake Ontario. As of this morning, they’d raised a mere $21,000. Or so they say.
This is the text of a letter they sent to Mattew Shuber, a member of the Blue Jays legal team.