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As many of you wisely realized, yesterday's date was April 1st, and the news about a Cease-and-Desist letter was wholly a poisson d'avril. Kraft hasn't sued us - although the possibility ever-looms - nor have the TanGoons beaten JP or myself. They were just regular Goons. In pyjamas. With Australian accents.

We got a fair bit of mail from concerned (or impressed) visitors to TM, including a couple of Tangmonkey Group members. As I'm too stupid to figure out which of this is sarcastic April Foolin' and which is sincere naivete, I'll just share some excerpts sans editorial commentary. Enjoy, and thanks for playing, everyone!



From: Jaime Rodriguez
Subject: 2 cents

Tang is the name of an old Chinese dynasty!

change the monkey to an Asian looking one and change some of the font to Chinese squiggles... then your tang monkey becomes a monkey of a Chinese dynasty! not to be mistaken with tang the drink at all.

the main point of the letter is that www.tangmonkey.com with is references to tang and colour could lead an otherwise innocent reader to think you are affiliated with Kraft. So just change that.

I also suggest a several page interview with your Tang-Dynasty-Monkey and what he thinks of this entire trade mark debacle, how he is being mistaken for tang.

Oh well it's my 2 cents, it might work... but I think changing the look of the site is a small price to pay. Once you are done with the changes (don't forget to add a disclaimer that said you aren't kraft, but are what a Tang-dynasty-Monkey would think of today) ask them to look it up and ask them... do you think this would fool anyone to think that we are talking about Tang the drink?

If all else fails (or even if this does subdue them) seek legal council.

-Jaime

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Oh.. forgot to mention... The "records" link on the right... The pages don't have the Tang spray painted.

-Jaime

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I don't know what kind of influence I have in the legal sector But I'll see if I do have any, now's a good a time as any I suppose. I'll get back to you on anything I do find out.

BTW, any chance this is just an April fools? It did appear on the 1st of April.

-Jaime



From: Scott
Subject: cease-and-desist

We could cry out with public support.

Scott

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Sean,

I'm all over this, baby. I've written in to the Gazette, to slashdot, all over the place. I've also called my lawyer, Anton Denecheyev, he's expensive, but he's a copyright specialist, and I have some money saved up and this is a worthy cause.

We're gonna fight.

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Don't worry about it Sean, I've got the wheels of justice rolling. Anton says we have a chance, so I'm cutting him a cheque (I should have gone into law $$$) We'll fight the cheesy bastards.

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You had me going for a minute, I figured I'd get you back.



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brassmonkey.com [anonymous]

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TANG TANG TANG TANG TANG TANG TANG TANG...................TANG! [anonymous]

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I guess things would be smoother between myself and Raoul if I had asked him to remove the wart, or if he had at least given me some warning he was going to do so. [Zebulon]

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Are you guys serious? [Sebastian]

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haha [hungrypo]

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If all else fails, you could keep "Tang" and make it a distinctly Chinese theme, thereby claiming it has to do with the Tang dynasty. And anyway, tang is in the dictionary! Yeesh. [Stacy]

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My god, Sean, this is truely a travesty. I will get to work at once speaking to various 'associates' to get inside the patent office and see what they can find out about Kraft's trademarked 'Tang'...If all goes well, by the end of the year you will own the rights to Tang, and possibly the entire Kraft organization...

As for pepsimonkey.com, as I have been a long-time, loyal supporter of Pepsi, truely I believe you could make no better a choice. And they'll leave you alone so that you don't change to cokemonkey.com and support their opposition.

Good luck in your struggles, and I shall begin my operation. [Mike]

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Holy Shit! This is not good. Anything I can do? [Scott]

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This totally sucks guys, what ever shall we do? Luckily most of us will be done in a few weeks so if we need to do something as a group, we can. LAter Dudes, [Mike Carr]

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How about Mangomonkey? Unless someone has a copyright on fruit. [Stacy]

and finally, from the wise Forrest:

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Go to the press dudes, make Kraft look like the bunch of idiots that they are. Of course you're probably way ahead of me on that one, being the sharp folk that you are. but I'm drunk. As usual.




Thanks again for reading, and see you all again next year!

(And for those of you who feel bad, last year's hoax even fooled our webmaster. [This year we warned him in advance.])

 



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