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The Chubby Checker Name Dispute

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To most Americans, the name “Chubby Checker” is synonymous with “The Twist”, a 1960 No. 1 hit song. Now “The Twist" singer has filed a lawsuit seeking compensation for the use and defamation of his stage name.

Chubby Checker claims that a Smartphone app, by Hewlett-Packard and its subsidiary Palm, Inc., called “The Chubby Checker” will cause serious damage to his name and will tarnish his image. The app reportedly estimates a man's penis size based on his shoe size. According to the suit, the name “Chubby Checker” is likely to associate the music legend’s image with obscene, sexual connotation and images. The lawsuit also claims that it misleads the public into believing that Chubby Checker has endorsed the app.

You might be thinking…Does Chubby have small feet? Peformance anxiety? Is he looking for publicity? Some may think that this is a frivolous lawsuit, and perhaps it is. But, we are talking about a music legend that has spent over 50 years building his name and image. While the app may prevent the disappointment of women who seek to “size up a man”, Chubby Checker, the man, may be more concerned about his good name being associated with a product that measures member sizes.

All kidding aside, “this lawsuit is about preserving the integrity and legacy of a man who spent years working hard at his musical craft and has earned the position of one of the greatest musical entertainers of all time,” said Willie Gary, Checker's attorney. So, what do you think? Where do you stand on the “Chubby Checker dispute”?

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  1. vicky koegel says:
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    I think he’s going overboard with this law suit. Gees have a sense of humor. Secondly I’d like to know does Chubby Checker own his name legally? If not well I can’t see how anyone can be sued for using a name. People really need to get a grip. I didn’t even know about this app until this law suit, so it makes me wonder if he needs the publicity and money.

  2. CJ says:
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    Folks Like Chubby Checker [older pop stars] often have no other source of income other than their name and reputation from back when they were stars. Amazing how many of these classic stars where cheated of their profits by greedy recording industry schemes. It is his name. there is nothing more personal than that.

    More than that, they are stealing value *he* created. It only has the value *he* gave it. That is why the company wants to use it. If he had not created a great name with good connotations, then the company would not want to steal it.

    That is what the legal system is for, to give people the right to assert their rights. I think Chubby Checker is right, but the beauty of our legal system is that the question will be resolved one way or another.

  3. Mark Bello says:
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    CJ: Thank you for your thoughtful comment, one of the best I have seen to any of my posts. Assertion of rights IS what the legal system is for and the system will always try to resolve a question or a dispute, fairly. Unfortunately, there are, in the 21st Century many who would deny those rights and stack the deck against citziens and for corporate interests. You should fight, diligently, against those anti-citizen forces. Thanks again