Remember when Hewlett-Packard produced computers and printers with little controversy?
That wasn’t the case last year when they allowed an app to be made available for their Palm Operating System that could, supposedly, predict the size of a man’s (as Aerosmith would put it) “skinny in the middle” based on their foot size.
Even more unfortunate is that the app was called the “Chubby Checker.”
That name didn’t sit well with The Twist singer, saying that it did “irreparable damage and harm” to his name, even though the app was only available for a short time and was removed from the HP and Palm sites last September.
Checker’s lawyer, Willy Gary, said “This lawsuit is about preserving the integrity and legacy of a man who has spent years working hard at his musical craft and has earned the position of one of the greatest musical entertainers of all time.”
There does seem to be a discrepancy in how much money was generated by the app before it was removed. Checker’s people say that the companies profited $500 million while software website House of Palm says the app was only downloaded 84 times.