This is an add that ran on the back of the airline magazine when I flew home from Texas. And, of course, it’s good to see ol’ Barry continues to belt out his hits and draw in the crowd.
But the part that got me was in the small print:
Now, note that the name “Barry Manilow” doesn’t appear anywhere else in the ad. So what they’re saying is clearly not that “Barry Manilow” is a registered trademark. No, it’s Barry himself that must be the registered trademark. And at that, he’s not even a self-owned man! Hastings, Clayton, and especially Tucker reserve all his rights!
“I write the songs that make the whole world sing. But I didn’t write the song about writing the songs. And no matter what I write, my rights are not my own….”