Joe Francis Wins Showdown With Madonna Over His “Girls Gone Wild” Trademark

madonna girl gone wildIn response to the cease and desist letter issued by Girls Gone Wild attorney David Houston earlier this month, Joe Francis has scored a victory against the likes of Madonna without ever having to set foot in a courtroom. Apparently, Madonna and her record label, Interscope, have seen it Joe’s way because it appears that they have agreed to change the song title and lyrics from “Girls Gone Wild” to “GIRL Gone Wild.”
According to Billboard, the first track from her new album MDNA, “Give Me All Your Luvin,” which she performed at the Super Bowl, plummeted 29 spots on the Hot 100 singles chart. There’s been speculation of a strong push to shoot the video and release the newly titled track, “Girl Gone Wild” much earlier than expected. “Clearly her label was trying to avoid legal action surrounding the song.” says Francis. “BUT, this is still infringement as far as the law is concerned and we have been in touch with Madonna’s representatives in an effort to resolve this issue.”

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H8R Love

joe francis with mario lopezMario Lopez‘s new hit reality show “H8R” on the CW features celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria and The Bachelor’s Jake Pavelka confronting a “hater” critical of that celebrity’s success, fame or lifestyle, and gives the celebrity a chance to try win the hater over. Joe Francis is featured in the series’ fourth episode, where he meets self-described “southern redhead with an attitude” Peggy, who regards him as “A Mom’s worst nightmare, who exploits young women.” It’s a charge Joe has heard (and easily debunked) many times before. A surprise encounter with Joe at a Beverly Hills hotel and a visit to a Girls Gone Wild photo shoot at his Bel Air mansion gave Peggy a unique opportunity to get to know the real Joe Francis. “I want to see if I can make her understand who I am and turn my hater around,” Joe explained at the top of the show. In the course of the episode, Joe did just that ?and more. After learning his life story and listening to Joe explain his point of view regarding a woman’s right to make her own choices, Peggy admitted to her former nemesis, “You’re not the man I thought you were, you’re actually better. I’m not a hater.” Joe took the experience in good humor. “Every high profile individual has haters,” he said. “Even the president of the United States. Being a celebrity is all about people taking shots at you. That’s what makes it interesting.” H8R airs Wednesday nights at 8 pm on the CW. Click here to watch Joe Francis on H8Rs.

Funny Man - Funny ManJoe recently appeared in a viral video spoofing the Girls Gone Wild brand that was produced as a promotion for the hit HDNet series “Girls Gone Wild Presents: Search for the Hottest Girl in America.” The comic short, produced for the “Funny Or Die” website, was written and directed by Jordan Rubin, whose credits include writing for “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn,” and “The MTV Movie Awards.” According to the production’s director of photography, Joe’s improvisations had the crew cracking up so much that multiple takes were ruined by off-camera laughter.

Lil Wayne Rocks Girls Gone Wild - Lil Wayne Rocks Girls Gone WildA custom-made Girls Gone Wild guitar added some sex appeal to the hot video for Lil Wayne‘s hit single “Knockout” with Nicki Minaj, which has been rocking the airwaves all summer. The song, from Lil Wayne‘s album “Rebirth,” charted on Billboard‘s Hot 100 list and features Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj living out a high school fantasy in which Nicki plays Wayne’s love interest. In the video, Lil Wayne plays a solid-body, limited edition guitar custom made for Girls Gone Wild by Schecter Guitar Research with graphics designed by Ron Villanueva. Last winter, Joe Francis called Lil Wayne and asked the rapper to perform at the Power of Hope charity gala, an annual event to benefit youth programs in Miami, hosted by Roy and Lea Black. Lil Wayne was happy to oblige and predictably brought the house down. As a thank you for Lil Wayne’s generous support for an important cause, Francis presented his friend with a rare Girls Gone Wild electric guitar. Lil Wayne prides his GGW guitar as one of his favorite instruments. See Lil Wayne rocking out on GGW guitar here.

Reality TV About To Get Wild! - Reality TV About To Get Wild!In January, Joe invited five models to the Casa Aramara private resort near Puerto Vallarta for a Girls Gone Wild Magazine shoot. The weekend was captured by cameras for a new reality show scheduled to begin airing on HDNet in April, titled “Girls Gone Wild Presents: Search for the Hottest Girl in America.” Joe treated the models (from right, Dustyn, Chelsea, Candace, Jessica and Katie) to a private, pre-dinner Mariachi concert.