We recently wrote about how the band Twisted Sister was acting as a trademark bully
and threatening a small coffee shop in Kansas, called Twisted Sisters. As we noted, the coffee shop name had nothing to do with the band, but actually was named after (you guessed it) a pair of sisters who had been called that by their brother decades ago (long before the band existed). The coffee shop had indicated at the time that it was going to change its name, but it looks like it's now decided to fight back. jupiterkansas
lets us know that a lawyer agreed to represent them pro bono and is trying to explain trademark law basics
to the band's lawyer. In the meantime, the coffee shop's owner sent a friendly letter to the band, saying that the shop's name has nothing to do with the band and
that she really can't think of a better name, so she'd like to keep it.
Russell’s letter begins: “Quite honestly when I first received your letter I truly had to go to the site you provided to learn of this band. Sorry. After Elvis, the Beatles and the Beach Boys my love of music leans to country.” She recounts the history of the shop and the name’s origin in a nickname hung on the sisters by their late brother. And she closes: “Right now I am at a loss as to what we could possibly call ourselves that could emulate why we are ’Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop’ with our logo of a tornado coming out of a ruby red coffee cup. We are open to Mr. French’s ideas for us.”
I still think she should have used the line "we're not gonna take it; no, we ain't gonna take it; we're not gonna take it, any more..." but perhaps her approach will lead to a more amicable outcome.