"Nigga" as a brand name

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"Nigga" as a brand name

Unread post by UmanH-ay » March 9th, 2006, 6:57 pm

The actor Damon Wayans has been engaged in a 14-month fight to trademark the term "Nigga" for a clothing line and retail store, a search of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's online database reveals.

Wayans wants to dress customers in 14 kinds of attire from tops to bottoms, and use the controversial mark on "clothing, books, music and general merchandise," as well as movies, TV and the internet, according to his applications.

But, so far, his applications have been unsuccessful. Trademark examiner Kelly Boulton rejected the registration dated Dec. 22, citing a law that prohibits marks that are "immoral or scandalous." A previous attempt by Wayans was turned down on identical grounds six months earlier.

Lynda Zadra-Symes, a trademark lawyer in California, said Wayans may be successful. She compared "Nigga" to the successful registration of Dykes on Bikes. The San Francisco Women's Motorcycle Contingent fought the Trademark Office for three years to overturn an initial rejection of a Dykes on Bikes trademark. The mark was published Jan. 24.

"Because the application was by a group of lesbians it was eventually allowed to publish," Zadra-Symes said.

"This is a great victory," the group proclaimed on its website. "It affirms our right to determine who we are and how we present ourselves to the world."

However, Tawnya Wojciechowski, another trademark attorney practicing in California, compared Wayans' application to the ongoing legal case where Washington Redskins trademarks have been challenged by seven Native Americans. "They're going to have a really tough time," Wojciechowski predicted.

If Wayans succeeds in persuading the Trademark Office to permit the mark, he may have to deal with Keon Rhodan, a 29-year-old entrepreneur in Charleston, South Carolina, who has been using "Nigga" on a line of T-shirts, hoodies and other attire for six years in a part-time, trunk-of-his-car business.

Rhodan, who is black, said that he's sold around 2,000 of the shirts at events. When he began selling the shirts, emblazoned with the term "Nigga," he thought he would take criticism, especially from older people.

"I was in the mall with one of the shirts on, and an old lady said, 'Where did you get that shirt from?'" he said, expecting the worst. "She followed me to the car and bought five shirts for her grandchildren."

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Unread post by Tyrant » March 9th, 2006, 7:08 pm

And the sad part is a bunch of blakc people would start to rokc it too.

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Unread post by perongregory » March 9th, 2006, 7:13 pm

smart buisness wise cause a lot of people would sport that shit, but socially horrible. This brand would divide the blacks, and it would just make shit hella awkward and hostile.

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Unread post by NW10 » March 9th, 2006, 11:49 pm

here in england a pakistani clothing brand called PAK1 was taken off the market cos it was seen as racist socially unacceptable. the clothing was designed by a pakistani tho and was marketed with the slogan PROUD TO BE A PAK1

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Unread post by Bo$$ » March 10th, 2006, 8:50 am

nah i cant believe that nigga even think about bringing a clothing line with the name ''nigga'' on the market, it will only cause more racial problems...especially if white kids startin wearing that shit :?

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Unread post by Guest » March 10th, 2006, 12:05 pm

haha, its all straight for black folks, but a whiteboy, haha, I can see it already.

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Unread post by se11 » March 10th, 2006, 12:55 pm

Slakcs n a Tshirt wrote:And the sad part is a bunch of blakc people would start to rokc it too.


even sadder, you will probably see whites, latinos, and arabs wearing it too.

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Unread post by Anonymous20 » March 10th, 2006, 1:42 pm

I think Damon Wayan will eventually get his patent, because Dikes on Bikes had the same challenge, but when they agrued that they were realy Dikes that rode Bikes it was accepted a couple years later.

My guess is that Damon will say, "look I am a Nigga" so it is not offensive. The funny thing is a young brother tried to patent the name years ago and failed, but he still went on to sell his cloths, so if Damon does get that patent, my guess is that the guy already selling his cloths under that name will sue. I see a legal mess between blacks fighting in court over the rights to the word Nigga.

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Unread post by UmanH-ay » March 10th, 2006, 2:11 pm

i find it disapointing damon would actually take this idea into action, i thought he was good in a few movies and shows hes been in but yeah, damn disapointing

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Unread post by useless_person » March 10th, 2006, 9:26 pm

Urban clothing.

Yes, I think it would be 'nice' as a brand name...

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Unread post by JayDee » March 11th, 2006, 2:47 am

wow you cant get much more ignorant than that.

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Unread post by UmanH-ay » May 10th, 2006, 3:34 am

all though this thread is old, whats the situation with his court battle?

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Unread post by Individual » May 10th, 2006, 5:58 am

It will sell

but yea like dude said

everyone would eventually wear them

I wonder how blacks would feel if they see a white or latino wearing a shirt that says nigga across it

to me..it will seem like another fubu..hot for a minute..but then dies

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Unread post by MiChuhSuh » May 11th, 2006, 3:29 am

so idiotic.....

perongregory wrote:smart buisness wise cause a lot of people would sport that shit, but socially horrible. This brand would divide the blacks, and it would just make shit hella awkward and hostile.


I can't wait to see what happens when kids go to school and church with it - then no matter what people say about it it will lead to really awkward racial conflicts.

alonso wrote:I see a legal mess between blacks fighting in court over the rights to the word Nigga.

:shock:
That would a KKK dream come true.

Individual wrote:to me..it will seem like another fubu..hot for a minute..but then dies


I wouldn't give them a quarter of the longetivity FUBU had.

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Unread post by northsidehtown » May 12th, 2006, 9:47 pm

man thats fucked up dumb nigga i used to like dude not really no more nigga is not a good thing

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