Filed: Friday, 22nd November 2002
By: Graeme Howlett
West Ham have been told they will no longer be able to use Herbie Hammer as a club mascot, after former Children's TV 'entertainer' Timmy Mallett accused the Hammers of copyright infringement.
Mallett accused West Ham (who have been known as the Hammers for over a century) of basing Herbie on his 'Pinky Punky' design - a giant soft Hammer which Mallett used to hit stooges over the head with during his 'Wacaday' TV show, which ran through the 80's and early '90's.
And according to reports the club have given in to Mallett's demands and removed Herbie from circulation.
Mallett's spokesman Mike Schlagman, speaking earlier said:
"It was pointed out that the similarity was a potential infringement of copyright. West Ham denied infringement but agreed to take the offending article off the shelves."
West Ham are yet to comment on the story, although Herbie's close friend Bubbles the Bear is said to be inconsolable at the thought of never seeing his friend again ...
Herbie hammered by Mallett [22nd Nov 2002]
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