The Smoking Gun has issued the following report:
Claiming that its image and persona have been hijacked as part of a marketing campaign for Burger King’s new chicken fries, the costumed heavy metal band SLIPKNOT is threatening the fast food giant with legal action. In an August 4 letter [which can be viewed at TheSmokingGun.com], the band’s lawyers charge that COQ ROQ — a mock metal band featured in new Burger King commercials — was created as a “look-alike, sound alike ‘band’ in order to influence the SLIPKNOT generation to purchase Chicken Fries.”
Counsel for the band notes that COQ ROQ — whose masked members are supposed to resemble badass chickens — has blatantly copied several of SLIPKNOT’s signature masks, including a gas mask, a kabuki-style face covering, and a mask with dreadlocks attached. Details of SLIPKNOT’s beef with Burger King surfaced in connection with an August 12 federal court filing made by the fast food company and its advertising firm. Burger King wants a U.S. District Court judge in Miami to issue a “declaratory judgment” that the COQ ROQ campaign does not infringe on SLIPKNOT’s publicity and trademark rights. As for the similar masks, Burger King lawyers — who apparently read the metal mag Revolver — note that many groups “wear masks and/or make-up to accomplish a mask-like effect, including but not limited to the bands KISS, GWAR, INSANE CLOWN POSSE, MUSHROOMHEAD, MUDVAYNE, MARILYN MANSON, LOS STRAITJACKETS, and the SPITS.”
View a copy of the letter from SLIPKNOT’s lawyers to Burger King and the fast food company’s court filing at TheSmokingGun.com.