Why can’t we look away for a while without feeling guilty for condoning shit? Is anyone else feeling that way?
Unfriendly nicknames and reports of douchey behavior below. Also, more swearing.
This post brings to you updates on slimy trademark filings and related acts.
Faleena Hopkins, who started CockyGate by not only filing a trademark the single, popular (in Romance/Erotica) word of “COCKY” for book titles, but attempting to enforce her claim through cease and desist letters to other self-publishing authors, then sued an erotica author, a publicist, and a lawyer for an anthology title using the word.
That case is ongoing. It’s also increasingly ridiculous. (The link goes to a lawyer’s tweets.) The latest news is that Hopkins is asking to get back some money she put into it.
Hey, #cockygate watchers… just a heads up that there was a filing today. It’s related to the plaintiff’s request to get her bond back. The judge just wants to be sure the defendant doesn’t want to argue about it, and he wants the plaintiff to draft the order for him to sign.
— Marc Whipple (@legalinspire) July 20, 2018
Will the defendants, or Romance Writers of America (RWA) and The Authors Guild–who, assuming my memory is correct on this, are covering some of the court fees–get any of their money back? The case is a mess.
So is the media’s response to her. A British tabloid published a promotional piece for Hopkins as if it were a news article.
— Acin Fals (@shadowfals) July 1, 2018
The author of that article appears to have an interested in U.S. West Coast activities. That’s where Hopkins lives, so says her bio. Are they friends?
Media Scammer Earle
Do you remember the trademark filings from a proclaimed friend of Hopkins? Michael-Scott Earle claimed five standard character marks for his series titles. One of those was for THE DESTROYER. Read more about that in “A Ridiculous Expansion to CockyGate“.
The easy update is that his filing are awaiting examination in the USPTO. The hard-to-swallow update…
This is the new Michael-Scott Earle trademark for people wondering what everyone’s going crazy about. It covers books with a title, an author name, and a figure holding a weapon.
My guess is either a troll/joke or it’s no surprise why Amazon banned him. pic.twitter.com/Ee9HZ6agJd
— Kevin Kneupper (@kneupperwriter) July 19, 2018
That is the actual image in the application. The description of the trademark manages to expand on the styles that its claiming as MSE’s.
— The Cover Counts (@thecovercounts) July 19, 2018
I don’t know MSE. He wrote a book I’ve tried to read and responded to #CockyGate by making his own grab for common words in media. Now, this generic cover.
From here, I dislike him–a lot’s worth of dislike.
Updates on the status of BIG, REBELLION, WEIRDs, and STORYTELLER claims will have to release later. Those appear to be slower moving issues, fortunately.