In what may be one of the weirdest cases of breach of copyright, the hip-hop collective Wu-Tang Clan are suing a dog walking company that has named itself 'Woof-Tang Clan.'
The rap group formed in Staten Island in 1993 and court papers say that their name and logo have been “unmistakably associated” with them ever since. Rapper and producer RZA is the one who filed and owner of Woof-Tang Clan Marty Cuatchon says he is aware of the challenge.
The Brooklyn based dog walking company walks “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”. The company was also previously selling T-shirts that parodied rap stars, including ones from the group with dog-based pun names and images via their website but these have now been removed.
How far this will go is yet to be seen but it seems that RZA is quite protective of his commercial rights but whether the dog walkers will back down over this legal issue is yet to be seen but with The Wu-Tang Clan releasing their latest album, The Saga Continues, last month some may speculate that this is just a marketing ploy on their part.