Daryl Hall and John Oates may be able to poke fun at their name (their debut album was called Whole Oats), but that doesn’t mean you can do the same, especially if you’re making money off of it.
You’ve probably read that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo is suing a Brooklyn-based cereal firm, Early Bird Foods & Co., claiming its granola known as Haulin’ Oats infringes the group’s trademark.
This isn’t the first time Hall and Oates’ name has been snarked on in recent memory. Perhaps you are familiar with the comedic duo Garfunkel and Oates. John Oates told Radio.com that when he first heard of them, “I knew they were kind of goofing on me. But I didn’t sense that it was mean-spirited. I sent them a message saying, ‘This is the real John Oates, and I’m going to sue you.’ That’s all I said: I just wanted to see how they’d react. They got back to me, ‘We didn’t mean anything, oh please don’t!’ I got back to them: ‘Just kidding!'”