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Monster Cable is nothing if not aggressive. The company rabidly peddles overpriced wiring products to purchasers incapable of analysis, and Monster Cable is just as obnoxious about suing everything in sight that uses "Monster" in its name. What kind of copyright infringement might Monster Mini Golf be foisting upon a company that charges way too much for wire that offers dubious, if any, performance advantage? While the issue with Monster Mini Golf has been settled, Monster Cable is now going after another totally unrelated business. While the company says it's over any issues with Monster Transmission of Florida, the shop says the story is not yet over. While Monster Cable seems bent on copyrighting the word "Monster," the businesses they're harassing are engaged in actual commerce, some even building class-leading products, you know, like the type Monster claims it makes (and charges for). We're off to stock up on lamp cord to hand out as part of an overpriced interconnect recovery package.

[Source: Engadget]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll choose not to get angry on this one and offer a elegant solution instead:

      Contact Bob Chandler, originator of the original Monster Truck Bigfoot and let him know someone is stealing his word. His truck nicely predates the cable company by four years, and is what many people also think of when they hear the word monster. I would be willing to donate a couple dollars to help fund an internet initiated bitch slap on those pricks... anyone else?


      • 6 Years Ago
      I've been following this, along with the other legal exploits of Monster Cable. Simply put, they are bullies. Their business seems to be suing companies with the generic word "monster" in their name rather than making cables. It has already been shown on several web sites that Monster Cables are no better than the bargain basement kind that you can order on line for a tenth the price. This, coupled with their frivolous lawsuits should (I hope) prevent any of us from buying their merchandise, no matter how hard the people at Best Buy try to dupe us.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I go to Monoprice.com for my cable needs.

        Don't buy from these hideous offensive "Monster" ripoffs...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Even if Monster actually made good cables at reasonable prices, I would not buy its products because of the despicable strong-arm tactics they use.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey Monster Cable!

      My junk has been known as "The Monster" on more than one occasion.

      Want a piece of me?

      Bring it. And make sure your lawyer's hot.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Monster Cable sucks, as a company, and as a peddler of crap. They once tried to get me to sell their products for them, suggesting that their $19.99 RJ-11 cable would increase dial-up modem speeds.

      The don't own the word Monster, because they didn't make it up. Oh yeah, the same goes for Apple Records too.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Apple is OK because they only own a trademark on the word Apple relating to computer products. They don't go around willy nilly suing the pants off any company with Apple in the name."

        they did sue a company which made a coin counting box called the "ProfitPod" 'cos evidently people would confuse it for the iPod. I can see that, an iPod definitely looks like a small stamped-steel black coin box, especially when it's buried inside a vending machine or arcade cabinet.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @seminole, how much were you paid to post that??

        Apple is just as bad as Monster. They make crap glossed over plastic crap that is over-priced and inferior to everyone else, AND they sue everyone and everything with the word "pod" in it. Nevermind that their ipod has the poorest audio quality of any mp3 player, except maybe a chinese knockoff (but even then they're comparable...they're produced in the same factories). Crapple is the king of frivilous lawsuits, attacking and threatening ANY business that dares use the word "pod". If you hate Monster cable, make sure you have some left for Crapple.

        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-407213/Apple-war-pod.html
        • 6 Years Ago
        The OP was posting about Apple Records, recording company for the Beatles and others, not Apple maker of iPods, etc. There was an issue between the two companies as they were afraid Apple with iTunes may create confusion in record sales between them and Apple Records.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Exactly. People still buy Monster cables? They just don't understand... coloring your connectors gold and making your cables appearing thicker by increasing the plastic does not automatically make them better... and charging $80 for an HDMI cable which claims to increase image quality. I guess people don't understand that on the digital interface (Back to basics -- the signal is either 0 or 1, unlike analog) which means that it either conducts the signal (1) or it doesn't (0). The loss over an average quality/stock cable is negligible, even to a system that benchmarks final image output integrity, no difference to an enthusiast, never mind to a consumer. On the analog interface, well, real audiophiles simply don't but Monster, just like Bose systems, except worse.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Apple is OK because they only own a trademark on the word Apple relating to computer products. They don't go around willy nilly suing the pants off any company with Apple in the name. Monster seems to think they qualify for what is called a "famous mark". For instance, when you hear the word Visa, you automatically think of the credit card company. That is considered a famous mark because consumers instantly think of that product.

        Here is an article with more info about it:

        http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123869022704882969.html
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cookie Monster is going down.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thanks for reminding me. I almost forgot what was the name of the overpriced cable maker that no one in the right mind should buy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dan Roth:

      You NEED a link to this page in your article!

      http://www.bluejeanscable.com/legal/mcp/index.htm

      I will never buy a Monster Cable product again in my life (PERIOD)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I cant wait to see Ducati sued :D
      • 6 Years Ago
      I question the judges and juries who even allow this fraud to perpetuate. If I was a judge, I would slap the company with a contempt of court. Monster is too generic, and has dozens, if not hundreds or even thousands, or companies using it. I would put money that most large metro areas have at least 1 'Monster' company floating around.

      The lawyers who represent these crooks need to be disbarred from practicing law. And the company executives need to spend a few decades in prison, with a big bucket of lube.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Monster.com??
        • 6 Years Ago
        Monsters, Inc.?

        • 6 Years Ago
        Cookie Monster?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Monster, R.E.M's ninth studio album?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Monster Energy?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have bought a few monster cables, the only reason I spend the extra $ is if any part of the cable ever fails (connectors come loose etc) you can take it into ANY monster cable dealer and they will replace it FOR FREE on the spot no questions asked no paperwork on your behalf. That certainly comes in handy when you're on the road with a band. But as far as being better than most other cables..... no they are not.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Green Monster at Fenway Park has been around much much longer than Monster Cable. I'll never buy a Monster product and will tell my friends to do the same!
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