Beyond Cocky

So the saga continues…

Tricia Drammeh

UPDATED 06/01/18

I really hate to have to blog about #cockygate again. I really do. (You can read my previous post here.) Some of you might wonder why I’m continuing to harp on this topic. Others might think I’m giving Faleena Hopkins exactly what she wants – more publicity. The reason why I’ve decided to blog about this (again!) is because #cockygate is far from over. While Hopkins’ trademark of the single word “cocky” affects just a small group of romance authors, this has set a dangerous precedent. Over the past several days, numerous attempts have been made by other authors to trademark other commonly-used words.

There has been a lot going on, so I’m going to give you a general run down, rather than drone on and on in a long-winded, emotional post.

  • On September 12, 2017 Faleena Hopkins (under her company Hop Hop Productions) applies for three…

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6 thoughts on “Beyond Cocky

  1. Wow, I am surprised to hear that USPTO claim even went through – words out of context are copyrightable? Where does that end?

    Otherwise it sounds like typical patent-troll intellectual property cockroach behavior. Hope she loses completely.

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    • It is a crazy situation. Can you imagine if common words were off the table for book titles? I’m not sure “Cocky” is a word I would ever use in a title, but where would it end if she is able to keep her trademark on that word?


      • (I changed my WP username if this looks weird).

        The word is dumb and more like an adult film star pseudonym. It seems a silly hill to fight for but I guess she has her reasons. Interesting to see how far this goes.

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  2. I read some of the titles of the effected authors and realized I was not their target audience. The fundraiser book with the chicken struck me as funny. So I bought it. Maybe I will get lucky and find another author I enjoy.


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