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This T-shirt begs the question: Is it a lawsuit waiting to happen?

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A band member of ¡Mayday! wore this T-shirt during a concert at Transit Lounge in West Brickell on Friday night.

The T-shirt, which appears to mock the University of Miami icon, was released by Last Rights Clothing in May of 2009 and retails for $40.

Last Rights is a line of streetwear that markets to the Miami bad boy.

During the ¡Mayday! concert a UM grad -- who crashed the party wearing a tuxedo after attending the Calle Ocho party at Vizcaya -- popped up a "U" hand sign with pride.

The local musicians, who have been recognized by MTV, may be sporting the T-shirt during their Calle Ocho performance on Sunday. 

If you are not into college football, Last Rights also carries the Miami Dolphins allegory.


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REPRESENTING 305:

Here is ¡Mayday! with their yum Miami funk supporting the local streetwear at Lil’ Wayne's Super Bowl party:
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Catfan927

I suppose it depends on whether the owner of the actual logo consider it offensive or not. The Hurricane football teams of the 80's would have looked at it with pride!! today.....i am not so sure

Nannette

I think it is hilarious! The country already thinks that we are a high crime area anyway so may as well make a much needed buck off it. If they can make T-shirts of jerks who get killed during a crime then why not? The ones who get offended don't have to buy them! Where can I get some?

Nannette Garcia

Also, aren't there a lot of people who wear "Scarface" T-shirts and hang pictures of the movie in their houses? As well as the Godfather? Not everything has to be so tragic and such a drama. If we laughed a little bit more maybe we would be a lot healthier.

Olivia Cardoza

It might be a lawsuit if you continue writing these worthless blog posts. It is a real shame that a Miami based writer would take a jab at a local clothing line. I'm going to buy a couple T shirts in case your article does cause a lawsuit. Andrea Torres you should go back to writing obituaries for the Herald. Dig a little deeper next time and try to find a real story for your blog!

Gisselle Abreau

Isn't this blog supposed to be about crimes that already happened? And who's grandmother wrote this article? I'm pretty sure there is a lot worse going on in Miami, than holy crap Batman shirts with guns on them! Call 911! I agree with Nanette, people need to find the humor and stop taking things so serious! I don't think the shirts are "mocking" the university's icon, it's all perception, cause I feel it looks more powerful.

PS~ LOVE the shirts!!

Tati81

Seriously?... A lawsuit? You've got to be kidding me! I frequent many blogs, to stay up on the latest, but this has to be the lamest report ever! Does this person realize how many clothing lines would be facing lawsuits had this really been an issue? This is a simple issue of "FAIR USE" which allows limited use of copyrighted material without requiring permission from the rights holders, such as for commentary, criticism, etc. I really wish some people would do their RESEARCH before BLOGGING such nonsense!!! It's writers like these that really make me question the credibility of the Miami Herald.

Andrea Torres

Thank you for sharing your opinions.

A special thanks to Tati81 for the "lamest report ever" award.

Tati81: The answer to the question is very subjective. The distinction between fair use and infringement is not easily defined. The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes is to be taken into consideration. You also have to consider the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole. The T-shirt merits the question: "Is this a lawsuit waiting to happen?"

Nannette: The link to buy the T-shirts is on the retail price. They also have fun hoodies and pink plastic flamingos. There is even a chain saw for sale that I guess a killer can used to chop up a body. Cool stuff.

Gisselle Abreau: I am not a grandmother. This blog is supposed to be about crime or anything related to it.

Olivia Cardoza: I know you meant it as an insult, but I would like to state for the record that I have always felt honored when an editor has assigned me an obituary. I sincerely hope to have the opportunity to be of service in this manner until the day I die.

It may be soon, my brother just sent me this text:

"John the owner of Last Rights is already calling me. He said he already has sent out a hit man for u."

don

Fair use is not nearly as open and shut as one poster indicates...this seems to be commercial in nature. Im a um alum and current faculty and this t shirt offends me. Our team always defends our IP vociferously and Im sure they will do the same in this case.

tshirt

I think it is hilarious! The country already thinks that we are a high crime area anyway so may as well make a much needed buck off it. If they can make T-shirts of jerks who get killed during a crime then why not? The ones who get offended don't have to buy them! Where can I get some?

breeches

The T-shirt is really great enough. But how you have adhered to law suit??

Christmas Hampers

Wow! The tag line for t-shirts seems to be good enough.

I loved it

Novoline Spielen

Very cool shirt.

sylt

I think it is hilarious! The country already thinks that we are a high crime area anyway so may as well make a much needed buck off it. If they can make T-shirts of jerks who get killed during a crime then why not? The ones who get offended don't have to buy them! Where can I get some?

Real Estate

Hum...I think, it cannot be a shirt for a lawsuit. But that would be depending on the person who will wear it. He or She must posses the right manner as what the t-shirt wants to show.

Florist Sydney

Although the t-shirts' prints are funny and really obvious that this inspired by the real Dolphins logos and they are copyrighted, definitely a lawsuit waiting to happen.

Ali@ AML exam

Any similarities to any brand logos always have the potential of being sued, specially if the owner finds it offensive. It could ruin their brand.

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