Kevin Butler actor sued by Sony
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Kevin Butler actor sued by Sony
Posted by UltimateHog on 10/9 at 12:26 am
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Jerry Lambert, best known among PlayStation fans as the actor who portrays marketing maestro Kevin Butler, is being sued by Sony for breach of contract. The news comes as Lambert was featured in a commercial for Bridgestone’s Game On promotion, where he is seen playing Nintendo Wii in a similar style to his Sony executive alter ego.


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Posted by finchmeister08 on 10/9 at 6:02 am to UltimateHog
when was the last time he did a playstation commercial? PS Move? I thought he was long gone long ago.


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Posted by taylork37 on 10/9 at 7:50 am to UltimateHog
This is Bush League by Sony.

Unless there is something in his contract, this is a joke.



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Posted by Tactical1 on 10/9 at 10:20 am to taylork37
The very idea that Sony suggests that because actor Jerry Lambert is handling a Wii peripheral (that is not mentioned by nor is it the basis of the ad) would create confusion among consumers is insulting. I know that Sony has to protect their investment but at the cost of underhandedly insulting the market is pretty low. If you have read Sony's release on this issue you know exactly what I am referring to.

The idea that if you saw the actor Jerry Lambert on TV with any other electronic device in his hand other than a Sony product, you would become confused. Bull shite.



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Posted by BaddestAndvari on 10/9 at 10:36 am to Tactical1
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The very idea that Sony suggests that because actor Jerry Lambert is handling a Wii peripheral (that is not mentioned by nor is it the basis of the ad) would create confusion among consumers is insulting. I know that Sony has to protect their investment but at the cost of underhandedly insulting the market is pretty low. If you have read Sony's release on this issue you know exactly what I am referring to.

The idea that if you saw the actor Jerry Lambert on TV with any other electronic device in his hand other than a Sony product, you would become confused. Bull shite.


With our court system the way it is: Sony will win.



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Posted by sbr2 on 10/9 at 10:39 am to Tactical1
I did get a case of vertigo when I saw Lambert using a Wii, I was so confused and Sony is looking out for me


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Posted by Devious on 10/9 at 10:44 am to taylork37
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Unless there is something in his contract
well they are suing for breach of contract, so.....



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Posted by taylork37 on 10/9 at 11:15 am to Devious
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well they are suing for breach of contract, so.....


Doesn't necessarily mean there is anything in his contract to prevent him from doing what he did. IF there is, I would not see how Lambert wouldn't have known that.




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Posted by MakeMoney on 10/9 at 2:05 pm to taylork37
Some of these are hilarious


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Posted by Alabama Slim on 10/9 at 4:27 pm to BaddestAndvari
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With our court system the way it is: Sony will win.



as they should.



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Posted by Jcorye1 on 10/9 at 4:40 pm to UltimateHog
Meh, I think it's a stupid move by Sony. Nobody even picked up on it, and they are losing their best commercials.


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Posted by taylork37 on 10/9 at 5:10 pm to Alabama Slim
I mean if it is in his contract i agree, but since we dont know if it is, what is your reasoning?


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Posted by Moss on 10/9 at 8:39 pm to Alabama Slim
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With our court system the way it is: Sony will win.

as they should.


Not so fast. Nothing wrong with what he did. I bet the contract said Kevin Butler couldn't be in any other commercials. It makes no sense that Jerry Lambert can't appear in any other commercial ever.
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bridgestone has now responded to those claims, saying "Mr. Lambert is one of the actors who appeared in the commercial as a Bridgestone engineer. Bridgestone denies that 'Kevin Butler' appears in the Bridgestone commercial discussed herein and thus denies that he speaks or does anything whatsoever in the commercial." Bridgestone will reportedly fight the suit on the grounds that Sony does not actually own a trademark for the Kevin Butler character, and that “the character has not acquired secondary meaning and that there is no likelihood of confusion among consumers.”



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Posted by BaddestAndvari on 10/9 at 9:07 pm to Alabama Slim
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as they should.


No they shouldn't



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Posted by UltimateHog on 10/9 at 10:14 pm to Moss
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bridgestone has now responded to those claims, saying "Mr. Lambert is one of the actors who appeared in the commercial as a Bridgestone engineer. Bridgestone denies that 'Kevin Butler' appears in the Bridgestone commercial discussed herein and thus denies that he speaks or does anything whatsoever in the commercial."


So they are saying it's okay for him to appear in a similar role to Kevin Butler as long as his name isn't shown as Kevin Butler?

I highly doubt only the name Kevin Butler was in his contract.

Kevin Butler might not speak in the commercial, but Lambert does.

Original Commercial


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Posted by Alabama Slim on 10/10 at 4:06 am to BaddestAndvari
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No they shouldn't



so you have someone under contract to promote your product in national advertising and they show up in another commercial pimping your direct competitors system? that's never going to work out well for the actor. guaranteed they had a no compete clause in the contract that probably extended several years past his contract with sony. corporations don't play around with that sort of thing and him and/or his agent should have known better.





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Posted by Alabama Slim on 10/10 at 4:18 am to Alabama Slim
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CVG reports that the Bridgestone advert initially aired three days after Lambert’s contract with Sony expired, but that an “exclusivity clause” prevented the actor from phaving his likeness used alongside any rival games product or console – like the Wii.





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their case against bridgestone is very weak however



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