According to documents obtained by AllHipHop, the de facto Wu-Tang Clan leader is accusing defendants that “are believed to be operating out of China or other foreign jurisdictions with lax trademark enforcement” for trademark infringement, counterfeiting and false designation of origin. RZA wants to bar the bootleggers from further selling “reproductions, counterfeit copies or colorable imitations of Wu-Tang products,” and he has reached out to ecommerce websites like Amazon, eBay and AliExpress to remove the ads that promote the bootleggers.
“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,” the lawsuit stated. “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.”
RZA now wants all the profits from the items as well as damages incurred from trademark infringement, or $2 million USD for “each and every use” of the Wu-Tang Clan property.