Sony and "Kevin Butler" settle
You may remember that a while back Kevin Butler appeared in a Bridgestone Tire commercial playing Mairo Kart on a Wii. According to Sony, this probably confused you and damaged their image, so Sony filed a lawsuit against Jerry Lambert, the actor who portrays Kevin Butler.
The case has been settled. Bridgestone asserted that the character shown in the commercial wasn't Kevin Butler. In the settlement, however, Lambert agreed that in order to appear in any video game commercial, Sony must determine whether any character he portrays violates Sony's right to Kevin Butler. Sony, by the way, owns the Kevin Butler character, not Lambert.
So good news for Lambert! This story always bothered me. Lambert is a small time actor and Sony is a multinational corporation; you only get stories like this in children's movies. I'm glad they settled for something that amounts to a hard slap on Lambert's wrist. It could have been a whole lot worse for him.
How do you g1s feel about this entire affair? Let us know in the comments!
The original commercial has faded into internet aether, so here's the updated one without Lambert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9WRGjODZDQ