Grant Gochnauer send in this badass piece of news… it looks like Monster Cable company, the world champions of bullshit-priced cabling (that have no real-world performance edge), served Blue Jeans Cable with a cease-and-desist motion targeted at their Tartan line of cables (something having to do with the connectors being “confusingly similar” to what Monster uses… and has a patent on or something).
As it turns out, the cease-and-desist was a jumble of random patent papers, illegible print outs and diagrams “proving” the infraction. Even better, the president of Blue Jeans Cable, Kurt “You Are My Hero” Denke, was a lawyer for 17 years in his former life, and isn’t taking Monster’s shit.
NOTE: As an interesting aside, it seems that Monster actually setup a shadow company, Monster Cable International, Ltd, in Bermuda that technically owns all the IP, so the company pays itself licensing fees to a Bermudan (sp?) company to avoid paying income tax on that here in the US… so THAT is how companies get around taxes.
NOTE: I just setup Break it Down Ltd, in Rowanda… I now contract myself out at an exorbitant rate to write here.
Kurt allowed AudioHolics to reproduce his entire response to Monster Cable in full, here, and it’s quite a read. This guy knows his shit.
As someone that hasn’t interacted with lawyers before, I’m amazed at how unprofessional that practice really is… you think law is all about precision, facts and clarity… but given what Kurt said he received from Monster it seems to me that it’s nothing more than a game of “who can puff up and scare the others first”.
Any lawyers reading, let me know if I’m wrong…