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Red Hot Chili Peppers

Merch Company Sues

Over Bootleg Swag

3/23/2012 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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A message to all those dudes who sell unofficial band t-shirts at concerts -- YOUR ASS WILL GET SUED ... especially if those t-shirts say Red Hot Chili Peppers.

A merchandising company named Bravado International just filed a lawsuit in Tampa -- claiming a Tampa resident named Mike Smith has been illegally hocking RHCP t-shirts outside the band's concerts ... and Bravado wants him stopped before he strikes again.

Bravado insists it struck a deal with RHCP for exclusive merchandising rights using the band's name -- and Mike's stepping all over its business ... with inferior products.

According to the suit, Mike's not only violating the exclusive merchandising agreement -- he's hurting their reputation ... because his crappy t-shirts are easily confused with Bravado's.

As a result, Bravado is demanding Mike quit his operation and immediately DESTROY all offending merchandise. Bravado also wants unspecified damages.

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Delaware D    

Who would wear a Red Hot Chili Peppers t-shirt?? lol

888 days ago
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John    

It's actually spelled T-shirts, with a capital T, despite being in the middle of a sentence. Check your grammar.

888 days ago
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John    

"because his crappy t-shirts are easily confused with Bravado's."

So, Bravado's T-shirts are also crappy? That's how you've written it. TMZ should be sued now as well.

888 days ago
4.

Beatriz     

RHCP has a 4th member, and he is Josh.

888 days ago
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Keith    

If I write Red Hot Chili Peppers on a T-shirt, you gonna sue me too?

888 days ago
6.

puhleeeese    

What? You couldn't be bothered to find a picture that included Josh???? There are 4 people in that band, TMZ.

888 days ago
7.

www.hairclub.com    

When did Will Ferrell join the band?

888 days ago
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www.hairclub.com    

More cowbell!!!

888 days ago
9.

CountryGal    

Eww these guys are nasty looking. Anthony Keidis can't sing for ****. Why are they popular again?

888 days ago
10.

sheila    

More "offending" than the T-shirts is Kiedis" gaw awful "voice".

888 days ago
11.

vern dufford    

Here's an idea!
The guys look ... or looked good naked.
Just get naked and sell the dame shirts yourselves on the street corner you guys!

That is where they sell kind of Tee's...isn't it?

888 days ago
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Michael C, Teniente    

A T-shirt is a T-shirt is a T-shirt. Give me a break! One rat ass T-shirt isn't better than another rat ass T-shirt.

mike t.

888 days ago
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peter    

Bravado's shirts are crappy anyways, they should just have Mike do it for them.

888 days ago
14.

w    

look at that, you know when a band is over is when they fu** the little guy over for trying to sell homemade shirts, and they sell out. and yeah wtf will ferrel??

888 days ago
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manbearpig    

i saw them once. they were a band i never really cared for. the opening band (foo fighters) blew them away.
if i actually wanted a chilli peppers t-shirt, i would make my own with a magic marker just to spite them and bravado

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