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David Letterman 5/24, Oceanic Airlines

Tue May 25, 2010 3:51 am

Did anyone else watch tonight's opening monologue?
Letterman said something like " it used to be a mini-golf field but now I found something else to put all my money in..." and they showed a pic of an Oceanic Airlines plane (twin engine) broken in half, midair. It must be a "Lost" thing, but this plane had a Star Alliance logo by the front door.
Any legal issues there?
 
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RE: David Letterman 5/24, Oceanic Airlines

Tue May 25, 2010 4:10 am

If it's for parody, which it pretty much is, there isn't a whole lot of legal recourse. Plus I think Star Alliance has better things to do than sue the Worldwide Pants off of David Letterman for one joke.

Chances are the Star Alliance logo was left on the airplane from whatever photo they Photoshopped the gag from.
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RE: David Letterman 5/24, Oceanic Airlines

Tue May 25, 2010 5:07 am

hurry up and email their legal department!! Very important!
 
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RE: David Letterman 5/24, Oceanic Airlines

Tue May 25, 2010 12:31 pm

You can watch the video here; plane shown at 01:30 mark.
http://www.cbs.com/late_night/late_show/video/
 
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RE: David Letterman 5/24, Oceanic Airlines

Tue May 25, 2010 4:47 pm

Quoting JBo (Reply 1):
sue the Worldwide Pants off of David Letterman


Well done on the reference!

For those who might have missed it:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worldwide_Pants_Incorporated
 
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RE: David Letterman 5/24, Oceanic Airlines

Tue May 25, 2010 4:50 pm

Quoting JBo (Reply 1):
from whatever photo they Photoshopped the gag from.

Looks very similar to the photo of the Boeing 777-200 on AC website.





Plane shown in the video appears to be on the same bank angle as in the photo, and would explain the placement of the Star Alliance logo. Also, the cloud cover below is identical to that in the video. Other things to note are similar shadows on the nose of the aircraft, cockpit windows, #1 engine in the exact same spot in both images.

Quoting JBo (Reply 1):
I think Star Alliance has better things to do

I agree, especially because Letterman made no reference to Star Alliance or the logo (positive or negative). If he would have, than they might have grounds for suing Letterman.

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Edited to add video screenshot for comparison.

[Edited 2010-05-25 09:55:07]

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RE: David Letterman 5/24, Oceanic Airlines

Tue May 25, 2010 5:20 pm

I think you would have to be an Anutter to catch it.
If I were to ask family members or friends what the symbol was, I think most would be hard pressed to know what they logo means.
Also, it is clearly a spoof refering to Lost, so I would say that they won't pursue anything.
 
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RE: David Letterman 5/24, Oceanic Airlines

Tue May 25, 2010 6:33 pm

Star Alliance will let *anyone* in these days  
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RE: David Letterman 5/24, Oceanic Airlines

Thu May 27, 2010 3:14 am

I guess my question would be as to how, casually, the forward cargo door is, casually, dropping out suitcases.

How dramatic! haha
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RE: David Letterman 5/24, Oceanic Airlines

Thu May 27, 2010 3:23 am

Quoting TK787 (Thread starter):
Any legal issues there?

No. Mostly due to the fact that no one watching the show, apart from a bunch of aviation nerds on A.net like us, even noticed the Star Alliance logo on the aircraft...

 

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RE: David Letterman 5/24, Oceanic Airlines

Thu May 27, 2010 12:36 pm

Oceanic!?
Wasn't that the Airline name used in the movie "Passenger 57"? If not, I'm sure it was used in a movie I have seen.
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RE: David Letterman 5/24, Oceanic Airlines

Thu May 27, 2010 1:45 pm

Quoting sudden (Reply 10):
Oceanic!?
Wasn't that the Airline name used in the movie "Passenger 57"? If not, I'm sure it was used in a movie I have seen.

Look here. A common fictional entity it would seem.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oceanic_Airlines
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RE: David Letterman 5/24, Oceanic Airlines

Thu May 27, 2010 1:58 pm

Quoting sudden (Reply 10):
Quoting sudden (Reply 10):
Oceanic!?
Wasn't that the Airline name used in the movie "Passenger 57"? If not, I'm sure it was used in a movie I have seen.

I recall it being in Executive Decision, which I didnt think was a bad movie
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RE: David Letterman 5/24, Oceanic Airlines

Thu May 27, 2010 4:59 pm

Quoting oly720man (Reply 11):
Look here. A common fictional entity it would seem.

Cheers!

Quoting Airportugal310 (Reply 12):
I recall it being in Executive Decision, which I didnt think was a bad movie

That's the movie. And it was actually pretty good indeed.
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RE: David Letterman 5/24, Oceanic Airlines

Fri May 28, 2010 12:43 pm

Quoting francoflier (Reply 9):
Now, back to Ebay, I'm looking for a life...

Let me know if you can find "life" with the Buy now option!

 

BTW, That lost joke is lame.
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