Waffle House Says Rap Song Called Waffle House Violates Its Trademark
from the um,-no,-it-doesn't dept
I don't see how a song violates that trademark at all. Conceivably, Waffle House could have a common law trademark in a rap song, but I highly doubt it. This just seems like flat out bullying. Bricks said he thinks that Waffle House just doesn't want to be "associated" with hip hop:
"I don't think Waffle House's actions were motivated by racial discrimination," said J.R. Bricks, a Havana, Florida native and United States Air Force veteran now based in Atlanta, GA.Of course, that's got nothing to do with the purpose of trademark law, at all. There's no "likelihood of confusion" here, and any argument for "dilution" is simply ridiculous. This is Waffle House abusing trademark law to stop an artist from offering up a song that is perfectly legal.
"But I do believe it is based on cultural discrimination," J.R. Bricks said. "I don't believe they want to see their company associated with the Hip-Hop lifestyle. The song portrays what we do in the South after we tear it down at the club. I don't speak on violence in the record. I just speak on having a good time."