We Got Our Name Back

Due to yesterday being April 1st, the jazz combo Improv Everywhere has dropped their lawsuit, and we’ve got our name back! Hipp Hipp Hooray!

Thanks to everyone who emailed us words of support. Continue reading to see some of our favorite emails we received from folks on our mailing list.

What a bunch of killjoys — a name used over 20 years ago and they want you to cease and desist…you think it would do them no harm if someone bought their album thinking it had something to do with you… or perhaps they have no sense of humour.

Well, I won’t be buying their albums!

Why is it that there is always some bone head out there just waiting to ruin everyone’s fun? Keep smiling and be HIPP!

Dear IE/HIPP,

Any chance of a contest for a new name. HIPP just isn’t doing it for me. Not trying to be critical, just offering an idea that might get something cooler.

You should have consulted a lawyer- my understanding is two “products” can have the same name as long as they are totally different from each other. Think about all the different music albums that have the same name. In your case Improv Everywhere is the name of your group while their’s is the name of an album. Also- you could have just as easily been “Improv Everywhere” with “HIPP” as a subtitle or “Improvisation Everywhere” which would have been more than enough for the courts to consider it a completely different name. To be quite frank, HIPP is a stupid title. Consult with a lawyer and stick with your tried and true branding. It’ll save you money in the long run.

Next year: “Oh, HIPP? Sounds like some sort of rip off of Improv Everywhere”

Three cheers for taking the high road! It’s the HIPP thing to do.

These talentless hacks obviously sucked and are bitter about it. Sorry to hear a band of douchebags is responsible for the name change. :(

Personally, I’d politely tell them to blow it out their ass and if they really have a problem with it, they can go ahead and try to do something about it. I don’t think they’d get far — they’re a jazz band, you’re a comedy group, they haven’t done shit in over 20 years, you’ve been using the name for a while without any issue. I’m not 100% but I seem to recall that given these circumstances any rational court wouldn’t see any reason for you to have to change your name.

stupid dicks. Tell them to go play jazz

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  1. I was really sad when I received your last email concerning your involuntary change of name. All the more I’m so glad things are finally like they used to be. (By the way, I didn’t wanna be reminded of babyfood on every visit of your site :)

  2. So, hey, was that the ultimate April Fools joke? Or..lol..was that Jazz band really gonna put up a fight?

    Either way, y’all rock!

    Glad you are keeping your name:)

  3. I agree with Kurt; it was the only one I fell for… But I was suspicious about the line at the bottom of the page that still said “Improv Everywhere is powered by WordPress 2.1.2 and K2″… By the time I found the link for commenting on the article (unusually placed next to the blog entry title), I realized it was the 1st. You really had me for a minute there, though. Congrats.

    I also agree with Kai that you beat Google’s prank. Theirs was kind of lame this year.

  4. funny reading some of the comments… ‘talentless hacks’ ‘they havent done shit in over 20 years’??? possibly the most influential working jazz band in the world today, led by the man who is arguably the greatest bass player of all time, certainly technically. look up ‘dave holland’ on wikipedia…

    haha ‘talentless’? even if you ignore the fact that the leader is as influential as he is, the sax player is probably the most technically advanced saxophone player still around (now mike brecker is dead and gone), same with the trombonist

    dont just make blanket statements like that when you have no clue what youre talking about

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