Complex reports that the 52-year old rapper, filmmaker, and de facto leader of the hip hop group has filed a lawsuit against multiple e-commerce sites for selling bootleg products with the Wu-Tang Clan logo. He is seeking to either pocket $2 million or all profits and damages for trademark infringement. The pop culture website reports that he also wants these sites — which include Amazon, eBay, and AliExpress — to stop selling them.
Complex was able to get their hands on legal documents of the suit, wherein RZA lists trademark infringement, counterfeiting, and false designation of origin as infractions by these bootleggers. He also states they’ve been using the rap group’s brand to make it appear as if he himself has been selling the merchandise.
“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,” documents say.
“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.”
This isn’t the first time RZA has had to bring in legal action for entities falsely impersonating his iconic group. Back in 2017, he sued the dog-walking company Woof-Tang Clan, for trademark infringement saying they were “unmistakably associated” with the Wu-Tang Clan.
As they say, Wu-Tang Clan ain’t nothing to f**k with.