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Friday, April 14, 2017

Insane Clown Posse Sued for Trademark Infringement

ICP front man Violent J
A few years ago, we posted about an ACLU lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, seeking to have followers of the Insane Clown Posse, known as Juggalos, removed from the FBI's roster of dangerous gangs. The Juggalos appealed the dismissal of their case and won in the Sixth Circuit.

This week, the ICP was sued in the same court on a trademark infringement suit. The plaintiff, a poet, alleges that ICP frontman, "Violent J", co-opted his poem, "But You Didn't" without permission.

In his complaint the plaintiff alleges that he wrote the poem, and that his work, including this poem, is featured in the popular "Chicken Soup Series" and that it is copyrighted. Plaintiff further alleged that the ICP published a derivative of the poem without permission, causing damages to the poet plaintiff.

 The case is so fresh, the Farmington Hills-based ICP has yet to answer the complaint. If the allegations are true regarding the trademark registration of the poem, it will be a difficult case for the ICP to defend.

Are there any Juggalo attorneys out there?

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