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Cease and Desist Letter of the Day: Naked Cowboy to Naked Cowgirl

New York fixture Robert Burck, better known as the Naked Cowboy, apparently doesn't dig on people stealing his shtick. Namely, standing in the middle of Times Square, minimally clothed, playing music and singing poorly.

The New York Post reports (via Lowering the Bar) that Burck has sent a cease and desist letter to Sandy Kane, apparently a well-known stripper and frequent guest on the Opie and Anthony show, who has been rocking (and I use that word lightly) a bikini and entertaining (again, lightly) tourists in Cowboy's territory, but refusing to sign a "franchise agreement."

Burck says Kane is clearly violating his trademark. The other Naked Cowgirl, Louisa Holmlund, has Burck's blessing, as a licensed Naked Cowperson franchisee. Kane, however, does not seem all that concerned:

"I've been naked for years," said Kane, who hosted a raunchy public-access comedy program called the "Sandy Kane Blew Show" for more than a decade.

"You know how much money I make? Two dollars a picture. I'm not selling any products."

This may be underestimating Burck, who, as Lowering the Bar points out, has come out on top in IP scrapes with some pretty heavy hitters in the past.

Yesterday's prize for cease and desist letter of the day is retroactively awarded to Pork vs. Unicorn, well-covered at Above the Law.

Posted by Eric Lipman on June 23, 2010 at 11:39 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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