Startling the Phish community, a warrant was served at the JEMP offices in Burlington, VT and the Music Today offices in Crozet, VA, for the crime of Overkill of the Fishman Donut design. Having used the design in everything from iPad and iPhone skins, blankets, socks, bandanas, flatbrim hats and shirts, the design is ever-present, so much so that Fishman doesn’t stand out at a Phish show anymore.
Coran Capshaw, manager of Phish and founder of Music Today communicated through his lawyer this statement: “The Fishman Donut design is far from overdone. If you think this is overkill, you havent seen what the fans are making these days. We’ll fight this and win, and then introduce out line of Fishman bathrobes made of Egyptian Wool, 300 thread count Fishman bedsheets, flannel Fishman pillowcases and Fishman Fishermans waders. And you’ll buy them all!”
Capshaw walked away cackling, wiping his happy tears away with the new Fishman Dollar Bills.
Adding insult to injury, Dunkin Donuts is suing Phish for trademark infringement over the use of the word JOY and the Fishman Donut print. Dunkin Donuts states that the donut design is theirs and any use of the image on shirts, socks or whatever Phish Dry Goods comes up with looks too close to real donuts, and could be confusing to people who try to eat the donuts off the clothing.