The Australian Copyright Council has been forced into action, after a dramatic complaint lodged by an unnamed AFL club included the sensational allegation that a competing team had, unforgivably, been playing their brand of football rather than its own.
“They’ve got their major sponsor, and we’ve got ours,” argued the lawyer for the plaintiff. “The fact they’d dare cross that line is unconscionable.”
The shocking case of intellectual property theft comes amid growing concerns over the state of the game, with observers noting that several teams appear to be “borrowing” from each other’s brand in a bid to push up the ladder.
“It’s like we’ve been drinking handcrafted artisanal all summer and then your mate rocks up with the Aldi-brand beers,” said Dermott Brereton. “Thanks, but no thanks.”