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#1 of 45 OFFLINE   Chris Quinn

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Posted October 19 2004 - 03:02 AM

Monster cable apparently sues every company or company with a product with the word monster in their name.


Monster Cable Strong-Arms Small Businesses Again

For those who remember Monster Cable Products Inc. vs. Mike Shkolnik, dba Mad Martian in the summer of 2002, where the attorneys for Monster Cable attempted to wrest control of the domain name, monster.biz, i.e. Info, they are at it again. This time, against a small business selling vintage clothing, http://monstervintage.com

Please go to this link for more information on Monster Cable's lawsuit against Monster Vintage Clothing and if you so wish, show your support by spreading this information to audioboards / computer boards (Monster Cable makes a lot of audio peripherals for Apple iPod & Windows™ computers) you frequent, and maybe even an email / letter of complaint to:

Irene Baran, Chief Operating Officer
ibaran@Monstercable.com
Monster Cable Products, Inc.
455 Valley Drive
Brisbane, CA 94005
415-840-2000

David Tognotti, General Counsel
legal@monstercable.com
Monster Cable Products, Inc.
455 Valley Drive,
Brisbane, CA 94005
PH:1.415.840.2000
FX: 1.415.468.0310

Press Contact:
Charles Leib, PR Monster
cleib@monstercable.com
Phone: (602) 300-0900

In the case of Monster Cables vs. Mad Martian / monster.biz, Monster Cable received a lot of angry emails, as well as mail containing receipts of returned Monster Cable products. This must have had an effect on their decision to ultimately drop the case.

Here a list of other cases Monster Cable is involved in (10 pages long)from theUnited States Patent and Trademark Office.



1. Monster Records
2. Monster Rock
3. Monster Mos
4. Monsters of Rock 'n' Roar
5. Monster in my Pants
6. Monster Cafe'
7. Monster Museum Cafe'
8. Monster Bowl
9. Monster Ray
10. Monster
11. Monster Money
12. Monster Software
13. The Monster
14. The Monster Card
15. Digital Monster
16. Speed Monster
17. Monster Bot
18. Monster Commands
19. Hula Monsters
20. EMonster
21. Music Monster
22. Monsterworld
23. Monster Magnet
24. Honey Monster
25. Audiomonster
26. Duel Monsters
27. Think Monster
28. Monster Spray
29. Rubie's Tiny Monsters
30. Monster Tamer
31. Home of the Monster
32. Scan Monsters
23. Monster Eye
24. Monster Recovery
25. Monster Light
26. Jingle Bell Monster
27. Mini Monsters
28. The Number Monster
29. Monster Fighters
30. Monstersnaps
31. Monster Guard
32. Monster Hardware
33. Monster Game
34. Monster Vision
35. Monster Filter
36. My Pet Monster
37. Build-A-Monster
38. Monster Cutters
39. Monstermark
40. Reborn the Monster
41. Monster Rancher Explorer
42. Monstergrams
43. Monsterworks
44. Tully-Monster
45. Doctor Zarr's Amazing Funk Monster
46. Monster Truck Mania
47. Hela Monster
48. Monster Maze
49. Monster Proof
50. Monster Away
51. Monsters for Grown-Ups
52. War of the Monsters
53. Scooby-Doo and the Monsters of Mexico
54. Monster Rancher Advance
55. One Eyed Monster
56. Learning Monster
57. Inkmonsters
58. Scribble Monster
59. Sky Monsters
60. B Monster
61. "It's not a monster - it's local!"
62. Bapcol Flomonster
63. Monster Snot
64. Songster
65. Monster Rancher
66. Monsters of the Midway
67. Monster Mix
68. Monster Grip
69. Monsterhype Productions
70. Monsterresponse
71. Road Monsters
72. Doctor Monster
73. Monster Garage
74. Monsters
75. Monsters of Rock
76. M Monnex
77. Monster Grab
78. Monster Resins
79. Monster Clubhouse
80. Monsterpin
81. Monster Hunter
82. Monster Squadron
83. Monster Head
84. Mambo Monster
85. Monster Sweep
86. The Monster Cooler
87. Messagemonster
88. Monster Cash
89. Monster Maker Media & Marketing
90. Monster Seats
91. M Monster
92. Blue Monster Bar
93. Monsterskate
94. Monster Enforcer
95. Monster Magic
96. Snow Monsters
97. Candy Monster
98. Monster Mansion
99. Air Monster
100. Monster Slots
101. Monster Tower
102. Monster Baseball
103. Monsters of the Interstate
104. Monsters Wanted


I guess we now know why Monster is so expensive with all those attorneys to pay.

#2 of 45 OFFLINE   Aaron Waters

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Posted October 19 2004 - 03:16 AM

wonder what they do if a friend comes over for a party and says, "wow, that's a monster of a cake!"

john, i've known you for years but i'm afraid that i'll have to sue_your_@$$ for that remark.

#3 of 45 OFFLINE   Brian L

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Posted October 19 2004 - 03:21 AM

I understand that Frankenstein, Wolfman, and the Mummy have launched a class action suit representing all current and former Monsters, and retained Johnny Cochran to sue Monster Cable Inc. for trade mark infringement and restriction of tradePosted Image

Seriously, I find it amazing that these cases could possibly advance to trial, and consider it an unfortunate commentary on the law suit happy nature of our society.

Shakespear had it right re:lawyers.

BGL

#4 of 45 OFFLINE   Nathan Stohler

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Posted October 19 2004 - 03:37 AM

Wow...this is even worse than the Spike Lee/Spike TV thing.

Since when do people think they deserve exclusive use of words like "spike" and "monster"?!

#5 of 45 OFFLINE   Chris Quinn

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Posted October 19 2004 - 03:38 AM

Actually, reading more about it seems Monster Cable's real MO is to shake down licensing fees and 1% of gross from these companies.

"I received a phone call from the attorney and he stated because I was using the word "Monster" I would have to sign a license to continue to use the Monstervintage.com name. Logo or design issues were never mentioned or I would have dealt with it). Then he continued with informing me that they get paid and sell their license and how much money could I come up with, I told him that MonsterVintage.Com is a small cottage business and has a limited budget. Monster Cable's Attorney then asked if I could come up with $1000.00. And then went on to say they also required 1% of the gross business yearly income. Of course, I did not agree with this strong-arm tactic and did not pay or sign the huge license agreement that was sent after that phone converstion, 1 1/2" thick License Agreement of pure legal trickery that was received around 5/2002. " http://monstervintag...m/#monstercable

#6 of 45 OFFLINE   Brian L

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Posted October 19 2004 - 03:41 AM

This whole thing is so absurd it reads like an Urban Legend.

Someone please tell me that this is all BS!

BGL

#7 of 45 OFFLINE   Garrett Lundy

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Posted October 19 2004 - 03:47 AM

Luckily Hasbro will continue to publish the Dungeons & Dragons Monsterous manual. Creature compendium doesn't have the same ring to it.
"Did you know that more people are murdered at 92 degrees Fahrenheit than any other temperature? I read an article once. Lower temperatures, people are easy-going, over 92 and it's too hot to move, but just 92, people get irritable."

#8 of 45 OFFLINE   Chris Quinn

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Posted October 19 2004 - 03:50 AM

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Someone please tell me that this is all BS!

Go to the United States Patent and Trademark Office link and check it out for yourself.

How can you go after the Chicago Bears for their Monsters of the Midway moniker?

#9 of 45 OFFLINE   Wayne A. Pflughaupt

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Posted October 19 2004 - 04:15 AM

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Since when do people think they deserve exclusive use of words like "spike" and "monster"?!
Absolutely. I have no sympathy for anyone with the stupidity and lack of foresight to chose such a generic name for their enterprise.

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#10 of 45 OFFLINE   ChrisPATT

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Posted October 19 2004 - 04:49 AM

That is just crazy! The only one on that list that I can see Monster having a valid claim against is No. 63 since it appears they are selling the same product.

#11 of 45 OFFLINE   Aaron Waters

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Posted October 19 2004 - 04:53 AM

i get a kick out of 78077273 - rogers, barry dean one-eyed-monster.

terminated/abandoned.

attorney robert payne and monster inc. should keep their hands away from Barry Dean Rogers' One-Eyed Monster. Posted Image

#12 of 45 OFFLINE   fred garvin

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Posted October 19 2004 - 04:54 AM

effin insane, put me in the never buy Monster product category!!!!

#13 of 45 OFFLINE   Danny Tse

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Posted October 19 2004 - 04:58 AM

Is Cookie Monster one of the defendants? Posted Image
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#14 of 45 OFFLINE   ChrisPATT

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Posted October 19 2004 - 05:01 AM

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Is Cookie Monster one of the defendants?
Don't know about Cookie Monster, but Sesame Steet is. Seriously.

#15 of 45 OFFLINE   JamesCB

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Posted October 19 2004 - 05:01 AM

I, for one, will NEVER purchase another Monster Cable product.


And what about Monster's, Inc. Are they going to try and sue Disney/Pixar for using the name?

Just F'ing ridiculous.

James

#16 of 45 OFFLINE   Brian L

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Posted October 19 2004 - 05:11 AM

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And what about Monster's, Inc. Are they going to try and sue Disney/Pixar for using the name?


I would bet Disney's attorney's would make mincemeat of Monster Cable's lawyers. Actually, I kind of wish they would go after 'em.

That would get huge publicity, and expose Mr. Lee and company to a much wider audience for what really they are.

BGL

#17 of 45 OFFLINE   StephenHa

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Posted October 19 2004 - 05:12 AM

I rarely use monster's products anyway, the quality to price ratio is a bit off to me

#18 of 45 OFFLINE   Chu Gai

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Posted October 19 2004 - 05:14 AM

Wait till Godzilla and Mothra find out.

#19 of 45 OFFLINE   EdNichols

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Posted October 19 2004 - 05:16 AM

Bose+Monster=A lawyers best friend.

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Posted October 19 2004 - 06:00 AM

Monster cable like all fancy packaged audiophile brands have nothing to do with value vs performance. I like making my own with Belden or Canare at down to earth prices. Noel can find his money from elsewhere.Posted Image

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