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post #1 of 9
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Monster Cable is attempting to hijack the word "monster" from the english language, turning it into an exclusive trademark like Xerox or Coke. They are harassing small mom and pops into signing away their names to Monster Cable and then licensing back their own names. They need to be stopped.

check out www.stopthemonster.com
post #2 of 9
I think they'll lose if they go after monster.com

Now, wouldn't you expect them to go after bigger names first, to prove the validity of their claims?
post #3 of 9
Think they'll go after this business?
post #4 of 9
This happened to VeloNet a while back. It was a small bicycle website, I'm not even sure it was for profit. The magazine VeloNews sued them for the name as they wanted to create a new webside using that name. The guy who ran VeloNet had no choice but to change the name as he didn't have any revenue stream to pay for a lawyer to fight it. I think the site is cycling.org or something like that now.

This stuff stinks. I encourage all to write Monster Cable and tell them you'll never buy their products.
post #5 of 9
Check out this thread on AudioAsylum (the EpicSki of the Audio world) -- http://www.audioasylum.com/audio/cab...es/101988.html
post #6 of 9
This reminds me of the time the Olympics wanted to trademark the word Olympic and refuse the rights to anyone else to use it. Seattle is right across Puget Sound from the Olympic Mountains and Olympic National Park. There are pages of businesses with the name Olympic this and Olympic that in the phone book. I never heard what happened, but those businesses didn't go away or change their names. Let's hope this Monster thing suffers the same fate.
post #7 of 9
well, I would think that if anyone is synonimous (sp?) with the word monster, it would be monster.com. Now, you aren't hearing about Monster Cable going after them. I would think that the "little guys" would be talking to Monster.com to see if they can be of any assistance (kinda like hitting Monster Cable with a pre-emptive defensive move). It would only make sense to me that Monster.com try to put a stop to it, so that Monster Cable cannot gain any legal leverage against them (by having victories against smaller companies).
post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Monster Cable did go after Monster.com as well as Disney/Pixar for Monsters, Inc. so they are going after the big boys. They obtained undisclosed settlements in both cases. At Monster.com, there is a link to Monster Cable at the bottom of their main page which was placed there as part of the settlement.

Most people don't realize that Monster Park in San Francisco is named for Monster Cable and not Monster.com. Monster Cable is a privately held entity so it is unclear how much of their revenue comes from cable and electronic products and how much comes from extorting licensing fees for the use of the word "monster".

Anyway, if you think there actions are wrong, I encourage people not to buy their products. I am all for trademark protection. If you earn your good name, you are entitled to protect it and not have people profit from your well-earned reputation. But not when your name is a common English noun. I wonder when they will pursue an action against Head Skis.
post #9 of 9
On SnowMonsters, I ordered their free DVD (well not really free, S&H is $7.95). It's cute, a great ski video to show kids without guys hucking big cliffs or punks smoking butts. It has four about 1/2 hour movies on it. I especially like the one with Aretha Franklin as Mother Nature singing "Respect".
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