04:59, November 22 71 0 theguardian.com

2017-11-22 04:59:05
Wu-Tang Clan sue dog-walking outfit Woof-Tang Clan for copyright breach

Wu-Tang Clan producer and rapper RZA has sued a Brooklyn dog-walking company for breach of copyright, after they named themselves Woof-Tang Clan.

Court papers stated that Wu-Tang Clan’s name and logo were “unmistakably associated” with the group since their formation in Staten Island in 1993, and that Woof-Tang Clan’s attempt to trademark their name violates the music group’s trademarks.

Woof-Tang Clan is owned by Marty Cuatchon, who told the New York Daily News he was aware of the challenge. As well as walking “the illest group of dogs in New York City”, he offers dog-sitting services, saying his staff are “courteous and responsible, as long as we’re in agreement that Nas’ Illmatic is the greatest album of all time”.

Cuatchon was also selling T-shirts that depicted dogs on classic hip-hop album covers by groups from De La Soul to late Wu-Tang member Ol Dirty Bastard. These have been removed from the company’s website.

The Wu-Tang Clan released their latest album, The Saga Continues, last month. It is their first since their concept LP Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, in 2014. The single copy of the album was sold to disgraced pharmaceutical entrepreneur Martin Shkreli for $2m, before he in turn sold it on eBay.

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