The Diamond Cutter/Roc-A-Fella Dynasty symbol isn't patented, so this lawsuit is stupid. Besides, if DDP does win, he's just going to get sued by the African-American sorority Delta Sigma Theta, which was founded maybe 100 years ago at Howard University.
Not sure when the women started to do the hand symbol, but for as long as I can remember, they've been doing that sign. Hell, if you ever saw the Kanye West video for the song "Through the Wire", they tie it together by showing a woman flashing the sign when he says:
"She a Delta so she been throwing that Dynasty sign"
Good Luck to him anyway.
(edited by Ticamo on 7.12.05 0608) "Hey, you created me. I didn't create some loser alter-ego to make myself feel better. Take some responsibility! ."
Probably won't work out for DDP. I think this is one of those things where the signal itself isn't a big deal, but if Jay-Z was doing the signal and saying "BAAAAANG!", he'd have a little more credence.
Of course, DDP's probably just doing it to remind us all that, in fact, he made that hand gesture once.
God bless the men of 2nd Bn, 127th Inf, 32d "Red Arrow" Brigade, WI Army Nat'l Guard...good luck, and come home soon.
To quote Rocky, "WhoawhoawhoawhoawhoawhoaWHOA!"
Back in the Army in '93, I was stationed at Ft. Gordon in Augusta, GA, going through AIT. Our 1SG, a big ol' white southerner and huge Braves fan, was really big on us troops doing diamond push-ups. (Same as a regular push-up, but instead of spreading your hands and arms on the ground before you, you put your hands together in that EXACT SAME SIGN.)
Does that mean HE gets the royalties, not DDP or Jay-Z?
Well, without having read DDP's lawyer's brief on the matter, I'm not so sure you can trademark a hand gesture, but I wouldn't be surprised. DDP could claim that the diamond-sign is a service mark (same as a trademark, but applied to a service instead of an actual tangible product, like a car or a TV) for his entertainment services as a wrestler (or sports entertainer, if you prefer). Seems like he may only be bringing this suit for publicity reasons, though, as this case seems kinda late coming to the plate.
This was widely discussed elsewhere shortly after it happened. I know Kevin Nash and his ex-wife Dana Hall have discussed this at length. There's a Torch link below. He's been hospitalized since that event, I'm not sure if he's gone home yet.