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Monster Cable Sues Disney Over Upcoming Movie `Monsters, Inc.'

Discussion in 'Disney Co News & Discussion' started by wdwmagic, Sep 22, 2001.

  1. wdwmagic

    wdwmagic Administrator Moderator

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    Monster Cable Sues Disney Over Upcoming Movie `Monsters, Inc.'

    San Jose, California, Sept. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Walt Disney
    Co.'s upcoming movie, ``Monsters, Inc.,'' violates the trademark
    of Monster Cable Products Inc., the audio and video products
    company claims in a lawsuit.
    Monster Cable Products sued Disney today, saying it has used
    the name since 1978 and seeks to stop Disney from using the title
    in sequels or other products. In addition to seeking unspecified
    damages, the company wants to restrict Disney's use of the name to
    the original movie and prohibit its use in any subsequent products
    such as television shows, video games or toys.
    Disney is teaming with Pixar Inc., the producers of ``Toy
    Story'' and ``A Bug's Life'' to produce the movie about a ``scare
    factory in the monster world,'' according to a Disney press
    release. The movie is scheduled for release in November.
    Brisbane, California-based Monster Cable fears Disney's
    ``business practice of producing sequels or a series of titles
    stemming from an original title'' will be applied to ``Monsters,
    Inc.'' and cause confusion with its own audio, sound and video
    products, according to a complaint filed in San Jose federal
    court.
    Disney shares fell to their lowest in six and a half years
    after Goldman, Sachs & Co. bought 135 million shares of the
    entertainment company at an estimated 22 percent discount to
    Wednesday's closing price.
    Officials at Disney did not immediately return calls seeking
    comment on the lawsuit.
     
  2. wdwmagic

    wdwmagic Original Poster Administrator Moderator

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    Dont Monster Cable sponsor the Home Theater Exhibit at Innoventions? I think their days may be numbered there! :)
     
  3. Herbie53

    Herbie53 Premium Member

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    This sounds like a flimsy lawsuit to me. I just can't see a court allowing a company to claim the rights to a single word.
     
  4. wdwmagic

    wdwmagic Original Poster Administrator Moderator

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    Yeah I agree - seems pretty pathetic to me. Monster Cable has no overlap with Disney markets - so I dont see what the fuss is about. I think Monster Cable are making trouble for themselves with this.
     
  5. WDW-Imagineer

    WDW-Imagineer Well-Known Member

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    You can add it to the long list of "vague reasons to sue Disney".... although keeping Disney's legal team in mind, they will probably win.. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
     
  6. JAY-ROD

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    Yeah and thats the sad part. Everybody just loves to sue Disney. and most of the time they win.
     
  7. MonorailBlack

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    Monster

    This is truly sad, I know so top jocks at Monster, and he says, they are doing so poor, from bad economic times and their sinking electronic business, that they are looking for money in any means possible. You have to get your money from somewhere, I mean how can you compete when you sell a coaxial cable tripple the price of the norm, since it is bouble thickness....Desparate Measures.:eek: :eek: :eek:
     
  8. MrPromey

    MrPromey Well-Known Member

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    It's just surprising that they would try this considering they are an established somewhat reputable company. I have sort of come to expect it from the no-name startups looking for free advertising but not from a *real* company
     
  9. FutureCEO

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    I have never heard of Monsters, Inc before this year becuase the movie is coming out.
     
  10. MrPromey

    MrPromey Well-Known Member

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    That's because the other company isn''t called Monsters, Inc. It's name is Monster Cable. Here is a link to their sight so that you can understand who they are, what they do and what BS this lawsuit is:

    http://www.monstercable.com/
     
  11. dopey

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    oh, please. this is so obviously a pr gimmick. and a cheap one at that.

    by cheap, i mean inexpensive. with filing and attorney fees, as well as other court costs, such as a process server, it probably cost monster cable only a couple grand to file this suit. and for that, the company probably got thousands of media impressions -- not to mention having their name circulated on disney fan sites.

    all in all, provided the company didn't have any stake in a relationship with disney (i can't remember which company sponsors the home theater exhibit, but i don't recall it being monster cable), this was a smart move. i might just go ahead and sue disney for stealing my likeness for that little one-eyed creature. ;) i could use the pr.
     
  12. <SRH>

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    Yea, what next, any woman named Beverly will sue the makers of "Beverly" the soda.:sohappy:
     
  13. Fievel

    Fievel RunDisney Addict

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    I'm slowly losing faith in the world. *sigh*
     
  14. MrPromey

    MrPromey Well-Known Member

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    :confused: Because people will just assume they are nasty? ;)
     
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    Because they are bitter.
     

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