Tuesday, May 15, 2007

German Adult Toy Company Loses Soccer Star Suit

The German company, Beate Uhse (BEUHF.PK), which trades very rarely on the Pink Sheets in the US, but generally trades on all German stock exchanges, just lost a lawsuit filed by two German soccer stars, because the company, which owns a chain of adult shops, was marketing two "toys" which they named with the first name and last initial of the two soccer players.

What is most unusual about this company is that they have copyrighted their stock certificate, which features very scantily clad women, and have defended their copyrights vigorously against anyone who publishes an image of the certificate on the web, according to a German friend of mine who deals in antique stock certificates. I was actually going to publish a scan of the certificate, of which I own a few, but I didn't want to deal with the copyright hassle, although I do consider it fair use. If you really want to see what it looks like, a Dutch company, HUGO VAN DER MOLEN'S, has a picture along with a few other stock certificates of the same "style".

The company was founded by Beate Uhse-Rotermund, a very entrepreneurial woman who got her pilots license at age 18, became Germany's first female stunt pilot, flew during World War II, and was still flying in her seventies. After WWII, she started selling products door to door to make a living, then expanded to mail order, finally to a chain of retail shops.

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