An overly IP-conscious employee of Thorntons Plc, a UK candy retailer, refused to write a 4-year-old child’s name on a chocolate Easter egg.
The reason, you ask? He claimed copyright law barred using a name shared with a well-known soccer player.
The child is named after Manchester United’s striker Wayne Rooney. The child’s mother, Jo-anne Scholes, said Rooney is her favorite member of the team and called the store’s decision “a bit silly, really,”.
Instead Thorntons put “Rooney Scholes” on the egg. But wait a minute! Isn’t Paul Scholes another Manchester United (ex-)player? Well, this makes it a bit silly, really.