Wednesday, 17 April 2013

HP Sauce

If anyone is unaware of the need to prevent abuse of the libel system by corporations, here is a letter I received from HP's solicitors in 1995 following a gag printed in issue 16 of Up The Arse!

Dear Sir

Our Client: Hewlett-Packard Ltd

Our above client has instructed us in connection with the enclosed spoof advertisement, which appeared in issue 16 of your publication.

Our client objects most strongly to this "advertisement". It ridicules our client and its products and thus amount to a serious libel. It also slanders our client's goods by its slurs on the qualities and performance of Hewlett Packard products and infringes our client's copyright by reproducing a photograph of a Hewlett-Packard computer without our client's authority.

Furthermore, by printing three of our client's registered trade marks the "advertisement" constitutes a flagrant trade mark infringement. The trade marks in question are as follows:

MarkRegistration Number
HEWLETT - PACKARD1076830 779296
"hp roundel"1076832

We have advised our client of the legal remedies which would be available to it should it become necessary to pursue these matters. These would include substantial damages and costs. We have advised also that the trade mark infringements constitute criminal offences, in respect of which a criminal prosecution of your editor would be well founded.

Having said this, it may be that you were not aware of the "advertisement's" legal implications and although we must reserve our client's rights, this possibility will be taken into account in considering whether further action is warranted. Such action definitely will be taken, however, if there is any repetition of this item or anything like it.



The joke we published didn't I believe pass the "moron in a hurry" test!

Nostalgia fans will not need reminding that 32Mb was 4 times the average PC memory size in 1995.

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