Pussy Riot At Odds Over The Punk Collective’s “Brand”

Pussy Riot is a Russian punk collective with leftist, pro-democracy ideals. But that hasn’t stopped the group from having some problems of the capitalist variety.

The Atlantic reports that members of Pussy Riot are fighting with their lawyers and husbands over trademarking the Pussy Riot "brand." The commercial value of the brand name is valued at $1 million and Pussy Riot is eager to see it used for good. That’s why members of the collective (several of whom were sentenced to prison camps over the summer for "hooliganism" after they staged a public protest against President Vladmir Putin) are upset the trademark was applied for by Web Bio, the film company owned by the wife of one of their former lawyers.  

The application for Web Bio to trademark Pussy Riot was rejected this week, but that only means members of the all-women collective are scrambling to get it done themselves. Suspicion is being cast at the husband of one of the jailed women over concerns he’ll exploit the brand.

Meanwhile, supporter Madonna is selling Pussy Riot tee shirts for $20 at her online store; over on Etsy, there are more than a few Pussy Riot tee shirts and buttons and even a balaclava-clad doll. It might be a good time to figure this out soon, Pussies.

Contact the author of this post at Jessica.Wakeman@Gmail.com. Follow me on Twitter.

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