28 July 2005

Licensing woes

All I want is a birthday cake for Aditi, with a picture of Tom and Jerry iced on it. Apparently, according to 5 different cake joints that I called or mailed in the last two days, one needs a license for that. License for what? License to draw Tom and Jerry on a birthday cake. Apparently it would lead to copyright infringement.

For the love of God, this is a cake meant for a two year old's birthday party. What the hell is the copyright all about? The cake is going be history less than five minutes after being brought to the table. After the first few satisfied burps, no one is going to care whether they ate Tom or Jerry. This explanation didn't satisfy one persistent salesperson. He said he had a license for Sylvester and Tweety! Aditi doesn't know those dudes, so I (not so politely) declined. I guess the only other character she knows (and who's licensed locally) is Winnie the Pooh. But she had Pooh-bear on her birthday cake last year too.

As I was looking through what few pictures I have form Aditi's first Birthday party, I realized that her cake last year too had the copyright C in a circle followed by Disney thingie. And 'Happy Birthday Aditi' was relegated to an unimportant corner of the cake board! It was Aditi's b'day cake, dashit... not Disney's! And the colours on the sign were all wrong too.

I am still on the lookout for a Tom and Jerry cake. Anyone knows who's got the relevant license?

9 comments:

Dents said...

T & J cakes are available in the {Open SOurce / Pirate / "Borrowed"} heaven a.k.a India ...
Fly 'em in!

Axe said...

I hate to point this out, but does anyone remember what they had on their cake when they turned 1? No I say! Not unless you were kind of an idiot (savante)

And chances are her exposure to "I thod I thaw a puddycad" will pique her interest in Warner Brothers other excellent line of cartooning such as Bugs, Daffy, Yosemite Sam, and Wile E Coyote (Genius)

Anonymous said...

Oh you have to have a Wile E Coyote cake! Pooh is the lamest, gay thing ever. Dont you get photograph cakes? If you do, I shall send you Ozzy's picture and she can have an Ozzy cake.

Taz Snow said...

Forget toons...get a cake with her on it, I say! Her photograph, I mean...

Anonymous said...

*If Aditi blogged*
A cake with my photograph on in?
I am not sure if I would like to see myself cut up and eaten, with wild joyous celebrations being conducted on that occasion

Anonymous said...

Is it my imagination, or did this post disappear for 4 or 5 days?? - Axe

Vidya said...

er... yes.. it did... i wondered if my blog got hacked. long story, but the usual blah.. it was off.. now its back on.. so there

Suj said...

I tried a couple of outlets in Toa Payoh - no luck. Disney characters and the Looney Tunes gang are all over the place - but sorry... no Tom and Jerry!!

katongking said...

Actually, I think a Tweety cake will be very cute, and perfect for her...

So what's the plan for the 5th?