“Woof-Tang Clan” Isn’t Getting Away With Their Clever Name For Long
Wu-Tang Clan member RZA is accusing a dog-walking company in Brooklyn of ripping off his notorious hip-hop group’s name. RZA filed a trademark opposition suit against the Woof-Tang Clan, a dog-walking service clearly named as an ode to the rap legends.
In court papers, RZA said that the name and logo of the Wu-Tang Clan has been “unmistakably associated” with the Staten Island group since 1993. The trademark application filed by the Woof-Tang Clan on June 8th is a violation of the multiple registrations already owned by the Wu-Tang Clan, according to the court papers.
Not only is the service named after the group, but the company has merchandise exactly like pieces from Wu-Tang’s actually collections…but, you know, replacing group members with dogs. One shirt is a copy of the famous Ol’ Dirty Bastard identification card, but this shirt features a card with a dog named Old Dirty Bali. There’s also another shirt with canines recreating the cover of De a Soul’s album 3 Feet High And Rising.
Their website features services including dog sitting, with descriptions like, “We are available to have sleepovers with your pup at your apartment so no routines are broken. We’re courteous and responsible, as long as we’re in agreement that Nas’ Illmatic is the greatest album of all time.”
Congrats to the creators of Woof-Tang Clan, because this is some great marketing for them, and they have a pretty great website as well. RZA, stop trying to knock their hustle!