Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA has filed suit against e-commerce sites for trademark infringement, counterfeiting, and false designation of origin in response to unauthorized usage of the group’s trademarks.
According to reports, the defendants named in the suit are believed to be operating out of China and other locations where trademark laws have a history of not being properly enforced. The filing of the lawsuit is to prevent more counterfeit and unauthorized products from bearing the Wu-Tang logo or the sale of other trademarks associated with the group, and includes requests to companies like Amazon, eBay, AliExpress, and other e-commerce sites to immediately remove advertisements promoting said products.
“Many defendants also deceive unknowing consumers by using the Wu-Tang Clan Trademarks without authorization within the content, text, and/or meta tags of their e-commerce stores to attract various search engines crawling the Internet looking for e-commerce stores relevant to consumer searches for Wu-Tang Clan products,” the lawsuit reads.
It continued, “Other e-commerce stores operating under the Seller Aliases omit using the Wu-Tang Clan Trademarks in the item title to evade enforcement efforts while using strategic item titles and descriptions that will trigger their listings when consumers are searching for Wu-Tang Clan products.”
According to the suit, RZA is seeking all profits and damages for trademark infringement from the defendants, or a $2 million judgment for “each and every use” of the Wu-Tang Clan logo, trademarks, or other associated likenesses.