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Discussion in 'Guitars' started by ricksdisconnected, Nov 17, 2019.
TTM (taller than midgets)
"...We had been at the new location for a few months, when it came. A cease and desist letter from lawyers representing the band, “SLAYER.” The letter stated, among other things, that I was to cease and desist ANY and ALL manufacturing of my TTM SLAYER SERIES model. The boys at Slayer, had unleashed their lawyers on me, (and they had a shit-load of lawyers.) They told me if I continued to make and market, my SLAYER SERIES GUITARS, that they would sue me in Federal Court for what they called, confusion in the marketplace.
Now, being the nice, calm demeanor, passive person that I am, I told Slayer and all of their splenetic, butt-dart lawyers to GO FUCK THEMSELVES. Well, needless to say... they really didn't like that very much, so they did indeed sue me in Federal Court.
Now remember when I told you I filed for a trademark at the USPTO and got it? Well, there's this little thing called a "trademark opposition.”
Trademark attorney trolls are constantly on the USPTO website looking for any tiny, little minute detail that they would consider as an infringement on their intellectual property rights. This is exactly what the lawyers for “Slayer Inc.” did. They thought by threatening me and suing me in court, that I would cave into their demands and give them all kinds of money… Um, boy were you wrong.
With the lawsuit in full swing, I had to answer court filings, while running a start-up company that was prospering. At first, I kept the legal issues away from my employees, but eventually it was to hard to cope; with everything going on outside the confines of our company walls.
Slayer's argument was that I had no right to use the word, “SLAYER” on my guitars. My response was, they have a “trademark for live musical performances,” and I have a trademark for “manufacturing guitars,” where's the confusion?
In addition I told them that I had a first amendment right to build guitars and call them Slayer, and I also reminded them that The United States Federal Government told me it was okay… DUMB-SHITS..."
thats in the link above
nobody has tried these guitars out?
Great copy right story. Another reason for the down fall of us manufacture .
Isn't Slayer a Christian rock band? I sort of remember...
This is a awesome story , and now I will have to keep on eye out for TTM Guitars !
i found one the other day driving down the road. spotted it setting next to a trash can.
picked it up and off i went.
needs a good cleaning and polishing before the rebuild
Can't beat that.
i will eventually put it together and see what she does. have a friend already interested in it $$$