With all the big fuss in January 2010 with the NFL over who can use “Who Dat” and a fleur de lis on shirts I made a design using Cajun French, “Qui Que” on shirts with a fleur de lis. Initially the NFL stopped me selling them until the Senator wrote them a long letter and the Governor asked the AG to research the issue. Then the NFL backed off. I was floored as clearly a phrase I made up in bad French could not be a NFL trademark, but initially they claimed any black shirt with a fleur de lis until they were stopped by all the stuff the Sate was about to do, including passing a law over the issue.
How could they own the Fleur De Lis? So I went ahead and copyrighted my Cajun French Who Dat, Qui Que, made a bunch of designs and yes they sell all over the world.
See the newest design here- http://www.zazzle.com/cajun_qui_que_tshirt-235290796494586910
Who owns ‘WHO DAT!” ????
To continue this “Who Dat” who owns the rights to what dat, a law firm in San Antonio TX now sends out letters claiming another group owns “Who Dat” and has tried to stop the use of any shirt that in any way has anything to do with the phrase. Seems they think when a common use phrase is registered it is removed fully from the public lexicon. I copyrighted “Que Qui” not to stop others but to stop law firms from sending out nasty letters. I assume as the NFL backed off saying they own the Fleur De Lis this law firm will eventually stop sending those letters out too.
PSS- All over New Orleans again people are up in arms over the two guys in Texas having a law firm send out letters to locals using the phrase “Who Dat”. The local news has carried stories about it and local shops are mounting a ribbon protest to wear to the Monday Night football game. So far all I can do is offer my designs with just a Fleur De Lis but Zazzle allows you to customize on the web so you can add whatever phrase you want, any number, any name to the shirts. I had to remove some because of the claims by others to own the fleu de lis and the phrases we cheer with. So follow this link, add in whatever you like and Zazzle with print it and ship it direct to you.
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HOW TO CUSTOMIZE AT ZAZZLE:
Simple click on the yellow customize button and follow the edit text link, type in your changes to add text. Get familiar with it a minute and then you can add most anything to the fleur de lis. Here is a helpful link-http://zazzle.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/120
This link is to the lawsuit being held in Baton Rouge, LA over use of “Who Dat”- http://ht.ly/2G8bc
Seems the Texas group was sued locally for sending out the letters and now are defending what they are doing. A resolution to the issue may be on its way from Federal Court in Baton Rouge.