RZA isn’t trying to hear anyone using the Wu-Tang Clan name without collecting a check for it. Thus, the Abbot is suing a Brooklyn-based dog-walking company for using the WTC’s name without permission.
Woof-Tang Clan is on notice. Yeah, they tried it.
Reports the New York Daily News:
RZA, born Robert Diggs, filed a trademark opposition suit against the Woof-Tang Clan, a dog-walking service.
In court papers, Diggs said the name and logo of the Wu-Tang Clan has been “unmistakably associated” with the Staten Island hip hop group since 1993.
The trademark application filed by the Woof-Tang Clan on June 8 is a violation of the multiple registrations already owned by the Wu-Tang Clan, the court papers said.
On the Woof-Tang Clan’s website, owner Marty Cuatchon showcases his fandom by selling a T-shirt that displays a dog named Bali on a blue-and-yellow identification card.
The shirt’s called the “Old Dirty Bali — Return to the 36 Chambers,” a nod to Wu-Tang member Old Dirty Bastard’s solo debut album in 1995, “Return to the 36 Chambers,” which featured his face on a yellow-and-blue ID card for food stamps issued by the City of Brooklyn Zoo.
Cuatchon, reached by phone Friday, told the Daily News he was aware of Diggs’ trademark challenge. But he declined comment until he could seek legal advice.
Woof-Tang Clan is type creative, though.
Sounds like the owner is a fan who didn’t expect RZA to notice. He did, though. Also, said owner is selling this tee for $50 a pop.
No word on whether or not RZA is seeking financial recompense. It will probably be a case of a cease and desist, and keep it moving.