Legendary ’70s punk rockers The Sex Pistols are threatening legal action against a self-described “subversive ice-cream brand” using the tagline “God Save the Cream” and an image resembling Jamie Reid’s famed album sleeve.
The Icecreamists website describes them as “More Sid and Nancy than Ben and Jerry”, and sells an ice-cream cocktail called the Sex Pistol, containing a shot of absinthe.
Damages are being claimed for “passing off and copyright infringement”, as the band typically receives fees for use of its imagery. Lawyers representing the band have written a letter demanding that the use of Sex Pistols related imagery and the tagline on promotional materials, t-shirts and deckchairs stop. A guitar-heavy musical score featuring parts of the national anthem also must go.
“We are a bit dumbfounded that a group that made its reputation for being banned is trying to ban one of our ice-creams and claim copyright over the national anthem and the Queen,” said Matt O’Connor, founder of the Icecreamists.