Rolex is Not Amused by Dallas Pop-Punk Singer's Counterfeit Watch Business

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Jonathan Cook, second from left, is accused of selling counterfeit Rolex watches.
Their bio on Jam Base chalks it up to a "magical combination of talent, perseverance and opportunity," but, whatever their secret, Forever the Sickest Kids has enjoyed a remarkably long run in the music business. The Dallas-based pop-punk band managed to land a major-label record deal months after its formation in 2006 and has since released a handful of decent-selling albums, made appearances on MTV and Conan O'Brien, and joined the Vans Warped Tour. Their new album is set to be released on June 25.

But surviving seven years in the music industry doesn't necessarily bring riches, and lead singer Jonathan Cook eventually turned to other means to help support himself. Specifically, he started selling counterfeit Rolex watches on Craigslist. He admitted as much in a statement released last month following his arrest by Dallas police for selling counterfeit goods.

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Before being arrested, I was not aware of how serious such a transaction was and through my experience I have learned that it does not matter how or where I purchased the watches. Simply presenting an item for sale with a false trademark logo is a criminal offense, even if it is well known that the item is a fake.

I am now aware of the financial harm that the distribution of counterfeit property can cause to others, and that this activity is a very serious matter with serious consequences. As a result I will no longer participate in, nor support anyone that engages in this type of activity no matter what the counterfeit item is.

As a member of our band, Forever The Sickest kids, it has been my desire to be a positive role model to our friends and fans. As a result of this experience I would like this statement to be considered both informative and serve as a warning to other young people.

The charges against Cook have since been dropped, but his public apology has failed to mollify Rolex. The watchmaker hit Cook with a federal lawsuit yesterday accusing him of trademark infringement and counterfeiting.

The lawsuit doesn't say how long Cook had been selling the watches, just that Rolex's investigative team first spotted Cook's Craigslist ad in late November and arranged to buy 15 of the watches in person. The Rolex investigators were accompanied by police, who seized the watches Cook was carrying and found another 20 in his Burleson home.

Cook's brief foray into the replica watch business could prove ridiculously costly. Rolex is demanding "up to $2,000,000 for each trademark that [Cook] has counterfeited and infringed." In other words, a judge could force Cook to pay Rolex $70 million in damages.

Here's hoping that new album sells well.


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DirtyP1
DirtyP1

Want to teach him about counterfeiting? Have someone set up a stand next to his merch person's stand at a show and sell all his merchandise for 75% less than what they ask for. 

Dawn Wildfang
Dawn Wildfang

No link comes up. Blank screen. Only happening to me?

director21
director21

Anybody selling counterfeit goods should lose all possessions, rights and freedoms for at least twenty years just to make sure they understand the penalty for counterfeiting. Counterfeiting is stealing, and the one thing I cannot stand is a thief regardless of his or her motivation or rationalization.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

I don't need to get the name of their stylist.

YeaOKWhatever
YeaOKWhatever

We get the "top commenter" badge and now we run something...

ruddski
ruddski

What sweet looking boys.

DirtyP1
DirtyP1

@TheCredibleHulk but wtf is the guy on the left doing? Is that the best stock picture they can put out?

engmofo
engmofo

I ,on the other hand am allowed to use cunt without pretension ,& would also be glad to show you the meaning of "glassing "also

keeponkeepinitdown
keeponkeepinitdown

@markzero Oh he just uses 'cunt' in that fake pretentious British way like when people add u to colour right? 


markzero
markzero

@RTGolden1 I don't understand. @ScottsMerkin agrees with @keeponkeepinitdown 's assertion that he, Scott, can be offensive and shocking sometimes. (I haven't seen him be shocking, myself, just seen him cussing.) But his argument is that words of prejudicial origin should still be out, regardless. Is this false sanctimony? I may have missed something; have you seen Scott make prejudicial comments?

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@Daniel @RTGolden1 @keeponkeepinitdown @ScottsMerkin I've got no problem with using the word 'fuck' here, may have even used it a time or two myself.  My problem is with false sanctimony.

Daniel
Daniel

@RTGolden1 @Daniel @keeponkeepinitdown @ScottsMerkin The community standards around here are hardly decorous. A post needs demeaning or grotesque content, not just all-too-common vulgarities, to be offensive. I myself let loose with the "fucks" here and again. 

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@Daniel@keeponkeepinitdown@ScottsMerkin  The hypocrisy is running deep on both ends of this spat, Daniel.


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JustSaying NewsDog No one wants to admit to eating Red Lobster, but fuck those cheddar biscuits are the shit.  Ask my kid, he ate the shit out of them

One of Merk's comments from a few days back.  I knew I wouldn't have to look too far back to find one, there's at least one every week in his comments.

 Pot calling kettle.

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