Wu-Tang Clan Sues Brooklyn Dog Walkers, the Woof-Tang Clan
A Brooklyn business has found itself suddenly in the dog house. The Woof-Tang Clan dog-walking business might bring a smile to your face with their expert-level pun, but the real-life Wu-Tang Clan aren’t laughing. Actually one member, RZA, is suing the company for a breach of copyright.
Court papers allege that the Wu-Tang’s name and logo were “unmistakably associated” with the rap group since they began making music in 1993; which makes the Woof-Tang Clan’s attempt to copyright the name a clear violation of the music group’s trademarks.
The Woof-Tang Clan is clearly bad to the (dog) bone for attempting to trademark the name, but owner Marty Cuatchon is up for the challenge. The big fan of the Wu-Tang Clan told the New York Daily News that he thought the name was a good idea.
In addition to the hilarious moniker, Cuatchon also sold shirts with a dog named Bali on a blue-and-yellow identification card that read “Old Dirty Bali — Return to the 36 Chambers” – a direct riff on deceased Wu-Tang member Old Dirty Bastard’s 1995 debut album, Return to the 36 Chambers. That particular album featured his face on a yellow-and-blue ID card for food stamps issued by the City of Brooklyn Zoo.
No word yet on what will happen to the Woof-Tang Clan or “the illest group of dogs in New York City” the business claims to walk; but surely they’re hoping that RZA’s lawsuit ends up being more, um, bark than bite.