It looks like Steve Aoki is none to happy with some of the shenanigans going on over at EDM satire site Wunderground, as he has sent a cease and desist to the CEO Mikey Maguire.
This was over a Kickstarter campaign that offered potential donors a t-shirt that read "Ask Me About My Shit DJ Impression" (shown above), and when you lifted the shirt up, there would be a picture of Steve Aoki or David Guetta. Funny yes, but we could see how Steve could get mad and maybe have some grounds for the cease & desist. One problem though-
It looks like the t-shirt has only existed as a digital mock up and never in real life. In other words, it doesn't exist. And being the EDM humorists they are, Wunderground of course had a field day- publishing both the winded C&D letter from the attorney's and their response, loaded with a shit ton of snark.
We've clipped the list of the attorney's demands, and Wunderground's response below:
1. Remove consumer access to the “Infringing Tees”
Consumers can’t access the Tees in this dimension as they don’t exist. The indiegogo page closed some months ago and the Tee is not available for sale on our site. Anybody that tried to buy it has not been successful and never received this tee. As I’ve already explained, there wasn’t many takers anyway.
2. Provide evidence that you have destroyed all “Infringing Tees”
No problem at all. I’ve included photographic evidence that all the “Infringing Tees” have been destroyed. See below for a picture of me trying to set them all on fire. Now look, I’ll be straight with you. I’m all up for these demands and helping you out as much as I possibly can, but I stood outside in my back garden in the pouring Irish rain with gale force winds for over 3 hours trying to set a pile of non-existent Steve Aoki T-shirts on fire with a lighter and despite my persistence in the face of almost certain defeat I still couldn’t get it to light. My neighbours are laughing at me ever since. My poor mother, she just stood at the kitchen sink staring out into the garden at me and my meager attempts for the full three hours crying her eyes out. Did I tell you she is starting to worry about my mental health?
3a. Provide full accounting details of sales and proceeds from the crowd fund blah blah blah.
Firstly, this breaks every data protection law in the book here in Ireland. You know about data protection right? I sure they mentioned it in legal college. For us to give you a full list of our customers details without their permission is illegal. And you don’t roll like that, so I won’t ask you to.
3b. Provide evidence we have put all crowd funding proceeds into an account controlled by your client.
Your client couldn’t control a single buttoned CDJ, so he certainly isn’t going to control our bank account. As I have already stated, any funds in our account did not get there through by reproducing your image, or by fulfilling orders for a non-existent shirt. T’was simply an idea we shall look back at in years to come while wondering where the hell Steve Aoki ever went to.
4. Take any and all other necessary or appropriate steps to eliminate further violations of our clients rights.
Of course. We always do.
Read the full story on Wunderground.
PS- Steve Aoki's new album, Neon Future is out today. Coninkidink? Sometimes we get a little paranoid. Buy it here on iTunes.