Have a guess: What do you think the NZ Herald asserts copyright on since this week?

via guim.co.uk

via guim.co.uk

The Captain of the Black Caps.

No, I’m not kidding.

You, or I, can no longer refer to … The Captain of the Black Caps by his actual name, unless we do so for the purposes of review, satire, or if we get a license from the NZ Herald to use, err, The Captain of the Black Caps’ name.

Don’t believe me?

Via the Tipline:




Our Tiplinester writes:

Hi Cam/Pete/Trav

I know you’re not big into sport anyway, but from now on you’re not allowed to  mention Brendon McCullum by name – the Horrid has put a Copyright on his name as the screenshot from their website this morning clearly shows.

This will make it difficult, but you’ll just have to refer to him as “the Black Caps captain” or “the wicketkeeper-batsman deputising for the injured BJ Watling” until we let the lawyers sort this out.

Well, I think the NZ Herald delivered a bit of a Daisy Cutter with this one.

We can only see who they are going to claim rights over next!


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  • Whanga_Cynic

    But are you sure that there’s anyone there that would know what that symbol means?

  • Rodger T

    Does that mean Brendon McCullum ,I mean ,he who cannot be named cannot use his own name?

    • As I understand it, not without a license!

      • Rodger T

        `spose he has to return his cheque books to the bank now ,hand in his drivers license and is unable to represent his team overseas cos` his passport is now invalid. Bummer : (

  • John Q Public

    The greater concern is the inclusion of P Fulton on that list.

  • cows4me

    Brendom McCullen, Brendom McCullen, Brendom McCullen, Brendom McCullen , Brendom McCullen Brendom McCullen , Brendom McCullen, Brendom McCullen , read and weep arseholes.

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      cows4me – What is your point here? You haven’t mentioned the correct name any way. So you are not violating NZ Herald copyright law……

      • cows4me

        Can’t win all the time sir.

  • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

    Did his Iwi advise him to undergo this measure?

  • unitedtribes

    I think its actually Brendon that owns the copyright. Hey WO Herald was crowing today how well their readership is going. any comment

  • Michael

    Track down Carrie Fisher’s roast of George Lucas:

    “And lo, amongst your many posessions is my likeness. So everytime I look in the mirror I have to send you a cheque for a couple of bucks.”

  • Travis Poulson

    Silly munters. Captaincy is usually indicated by (c). I guess some clever dickey thought he’d pulled off a stroke of genius.

    • Bunswalla

      MS Word with auto-correct on will assume that (c) means the copyright symbol and change it. A decent journalist,trained and skilled, should review what they’ve written before publishing it.