Family of Philippines’ late King of Comedy Dolphy sues Banayad Whisky for copyright infringement
The family of the Philippine’s late King of Comedy Dolphy Quizon filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against a liquor company for using his image on its products.
One of the actor's sons, Eric Quizon, warned the public against Banayad Whisky using the copyrighted image of his father in the packaging to drive sales.
Eric posted an image on Instagram of the whisky's promotional image, as well as a warning.
"This is to inform the public that: Banayad Whisky as shown in the photograph above and/or any product or merchandise having the same brand, is not associated, affiliated, or connected with Rodolfo 'Dolphy' Vera Quizon and/or the heirs of Dolphy," the statement read.
"Any complaint or transaction related to Banayad Whisky shall not be acknowledged by the heirs of Dolphy," it added.
Quizon stated that their family had requested that the producers abstain from releasing the brand into the market, but they did so anyway, causing them to initiate a complaint for copyright infringement against BMN Marketing Corporation.
"This serves as a warning to all. This bootleg seller is using my dad's image and banayad whisky, which are patented and with copyrights. Furthermore, they are not registered with BFAD," he said.
"At first they cooperated with us but stopped communicating when the Quizons demanded that they stop selling. We have filed a case against them. Please beware!" he added.
Dolphy's grandson, Boy2 Quizon, also warned the public about the issue via Instagram post.
"Heads up lang: we have filed a case against the seller who won't stop selling their products using my lolo's image and the name Banayad Whisky. Just please beware," Boy2 said, adding the hashtag #wagmagpabudol.
The Banayad Whisky is associated with Dolphy, owing to a well-loved scene in the 1995 film "Father En Son" in which he was seen filming a commercial for a whisky until he got drunk.
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