WHO DAT BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE

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This man, Steve Monistere,  IS EVIL

I was wrong to call someone EVIL. Thank You, Steve for defending yourself without calling ME names. I stand by my position that WHO DAT belongs to the people and not to WDI. Everyone else can make up their own mind.

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62 Responses to WHO DAT BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE PETITION

  1. Mary says:

    If you think This man is evil, then you are hugely mistaken. Whomever gave you that information does not know Steve Monistere. He has helped many people. People struggling to find work, people with sick children, people that don’t know where their next meal will come from. To judge someone as evil, you really have to be screwed up yourself. Maybe you need to get yourself some psychological help and stop rolling your eyes at the world.

    • The Kajun Queen says:

      LOL tell that to the guy that claims WDI screwed him out of his registration that was legal…..but I’m sure Steve the “nice” guy paid him a fair amount after he forgot to renew his own trademark. Oops…NOT!!

    • Real Who Dat says:

      actions speak louder than bullshit, Mary, we don’t need or want to know a man doing the things he is doing though I am glad he has some supporters and you feel the need to protect him, everyone deserves some love and I doubt he will find much in the True Who Dat Nation

  2. Mary says:

    Do you post comments? It’s been awhile since I wrote mine.

  3. Forget hes my dad… I look at this and i see ignorance. What do you people not undestand about this who dat thing. Its very simple. He may have not invented the words “who” and “dat” . He may have not been the first person to say them in that order. But HE WAS AND IS they guy that put his own blood,sweat,and cash into the nearly 100,000 large fliers and stickers that littered the city in the early 80’s and since has been a permenant fixture in nola culture and nola football. He is the reason new orleans has associated the phrase Who Dat with the saints. He is the reason you all say it. Whats so hard to get through your head?? Oh wait my bad, all the bootleggers forgot what he little “TM” logo means. All of you have been buying it and thus have suported the illegal act of using someone elses marketing tools to make a quick buck. Who Dat would belong to the people if you could show some repsect for its origin in regard to the saints and new orleans. the nfl has leveled with my dad. Some of your most spotlighted anti-steve crusaders have changed their tune recently and for a very clear reason. – you cant just go around shouting ” who dat belongs to the people” without being ignorant. It is not that black and white, and you would pay attention youd see who dat is lawfully in the hands of someone you should trust. One thing is certain , he would never exploit who dat like most of you have. Blindly spewing this half hearted cause out daily….

    • WHO DAT!!! join us!! quit drinking the WDI koolaide

    • Real Who Dat says:

      spoken like a true (and biased) son, thank you we appreciate loyalty sir

    • wheuxdat says:

      You see ignorance on our side, I see selfishness on yours. I will never take away what your father has done, even if it can/cant be proven. But he should continue his “blood sweat and tears” with the people and let the phrase grow into what it has become, a child to New Orleans! He birthed it and the people took it and grew with it. It is almost like a battle cry. It IS a phrase of encouragement. I just recently got into this mess and am not going to be ignorant and act like I know everything, but I do know business is ugly plain and simple. It can make you look and act like the biggest monster. Can your father not still benefit from WHO DAT even if its free for everyone to use? Is he losing that much money where he can’t live comfortably? Is it just a pride thing of being recognized as the person who actually popularized it?… Ill make him a damn plaque and mount it to the damn dome if that’s all it is?! But I truly believe the phrase WHO DAT should be used by every free person in the WHO DAT nation! No one should be able to tell anyone how to use it….

      Sincerely
      Wheux Dat

      • Real Who Dat says:

        HE DID NOT SINGLE HANDED DO ANYTHING, stop puffing smoke up this guy’s butt already, that damn song sucked at best and it was old news within a couple months so to say he built the popularity of WHO DAT is total nonsense, the fans were screaming that out long before he came along and used it to make his fame. commercializing didn’t popularize it either back in the 80’s and that is no bragging rights either man, why would you wanna try and acknowledge one simple motion to build a business and make money as something special to the WDN, screw that!!!

        everyone starting a business does the same thing by putting “blood sweat and tears” into all they do to make it happen HAHA please, that’s part of what this all about. steve doesn’t want us to know about all the people he has rejected and slammed with strong arm deals to get what he wants, this precious fairness you are preaching is not focused on reality my friend, learn more about the facts before giving credit for what is considered totally normal new business operations by most americans trying to make a living especially even more so today than the 80’s.

        no one hates the man, we hate the cold hearted actions he has brought to our lives and businesses. be real please he needs to step off the throne and walk away because the farther this goes the deeper the shit and the stinkier it will get for everyone tied to it but you can believe in the end there will only be one winner… THE REAL WHO DAT NATION

  4. Mary says:

    Beautifully put, Dominic. There is much ignorance here. “rollingmyeyesattheworld” cannot even give you or me an intelligent response.

    • I researched the issue long ago BEFORE deciding which side I would stand on. You are welcome to post your opinion ( and call me ignorant), as is anyone else, but I have no interest in debating you.

      • Cindy says:

        You did not research this issue long ago. You are a liar and ignorant. If you are going to have a site like this then you need to debate and back up your accusations. What proof do you have that Mr. Monistere is evil? What made you say that about someone? Come on chicken…let’s have it.

      • Cindy says:

        Why? Are you too stupid or just chicken?

    • Real Who Dat says:

      can I ask a question here, are the ONLY supporters for WDI family or what? doesn’t that speak volumes right there? if he is “SO” right then where are his real backup? the only reason people sign a “treaty” (License Agreement) is to get on with business as usual and in the end all those will fall back on him when it is found illegal to sell the licenses in the first place, uh oh guess you didn’t expect that coming at you, did you? yes lawsuits beget lawsuits and counter action lawsuits, be prepared for bankruptcy or worse WDI and I would advise staying in Texas, Nawlins doesn’t take kindly to traitors.

  5. Cindy says:

    You are a very small person with a very small mind. You can’t even respond to any posts with one intelligent thought. All you can say is Who Dat!!! because you are at a loss for words. Ignorant is more like it. You know nothing about trademark and copyright laws yet you spew your venom as if you know the facts. Trademark laws are there to protect a person or corporation to what is rightfully theirs. Mr. Monistere only owns the rights to Who Dat in certain categories (apparel is one of them). He is simply protecting his mark in those categories. When someone infringes on that mark, by law, he must protect it.

    The scum in this city tried to cash in on making t-shirts when the Saints were on top. They started their companies in 2009-present—look it up. They use this “cause” as an excuse all the while selling thousands of dollars of illegal bootleg t-shirts. Monistere has been there every year through thick and thin with the Saints and Aints since 1983 and I know this because I was there. You are their sheep! You follow.

    Who Dat is not the only ones the scum abuse – ask Fleurty Girl – most of her t-shirts and jewelry logos have federal marks. Ask her who she pays royalties to. I bet it is no one. If it weren’t for Who Dat, she would still be selling t-shirts out of a one-room shack. And ask the people you are protecting how much they donate and how much they make off of Who Dat and all their bootleg products…you’d be shocked! Ask them where they are from (Wisconsin and Colorado). Steve took in and donated to the hungry and poor after Katrina and constantly gives back to this great city. Monistere was born here and owns a house here. One of his businesses is in San Antonio but he lives here 10 days out of the month. He started the T.Q. and the Top Cats one of the most popular bands in New Orleans. And Remember – Harry Connick, Arron Neville and Coach Sean Peyton do NOT live in New Orleans, but yet, everyone “embraces” them. Then there is that person, Drew Brees who is from Austin. In fact, the New Orleans Saints are a Texas corporation!

    While we are at it, you posted on the Occupy Who Dat site and I see that folks are saying that Mr. Monistere is trying to take away their right to SAY Who Dat. Are these people nuts? Do they not know – you as well – that in this great nation – a republic (look that up because you probably have no idea that we are a republic) no one can keep you from saying anything! Have they ever heard of freedom of speech?

    Now, who is the evil one?

  6. Steve Monistere says:

    This a very simple debate. No one likes to be judged unfairly. No one.    And if someone says they do not care what others think of them, they are either lying or,  have cold blood running through their veins. 

    It is easy for people who don’t know me to hate me. It is very, very convenient. Some people do not want to take the time to get to know me, my motivations, or the truth. Because if they did, they risk liking me. Liking me is something they have all ready made up their minds they won’t do. 
     If they get to know me, they are afraid that I may become “human” to them. Once they see me as human, it starts to get harder to hate. 
    Have you heard anyone say, “oh, I met so-n-so, and ya know what?, they are really OK after all !” 
    It is a shame that some people are hard wired to judge unfairly. No one likes to be judged. 

    Do unto others as you would want them to do  unto you…..and while you are at it, learn what free enterprise and trademark law is all about.

    Note: When you buy Popeye’s Chicken, the $$$ for the use of the trademark, “Popeye’s”, goes to King Features, which primarily ownd my investors from New York and California. Yea, DAT POPEYE’s is a New Orleans legend, but I think we should boycott it anyway.Who do they think they are, trying to sell us chicken, and then take some of the money to pay for the stupid name they put on the box?! The name Popeye was the brainchild of Al Copland and he is from New Orleans! Then the people adopted Popeye’s as a New Orleans thing!…….POPEYE BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE!!!!  OCCUPY POPEYE! 

    Steve Monistere

    • Real Who Dat says:

      popeyes actually sells a product that is worth buying sir and it is totally original and does not use a common phrase as it’s claim to fame and I doubt if I were to start a business called Popeye’s Electronics or print a shirt that says I love Popeye the sailor man I would get sued by them to be honest though I would never be that stupid anyway haha

  7. Steve Monistere says:

    Plea forgive my one finger iPad typing.! Lol

  8. Cindy says:

    Hey rolling: You posted the best part of my post on Occupy Who Dat! Ha hahaahaaa….I have been trying to tell those morons about that for over a year and you did it! Thanks for your help!

    • CINDY, CINDY, CINDY, feel free to join and post anything you like on my site…you are most welcome!! I served over 22 years in the Marines, prepared to die for folks like you to be able to say what they want!! …not a moron at all…just an American Fighting for what’s right!! Semper Fidelis and please join us!! OCCUPY WHO DAT!

  9. Sharri says:

    Short and Sweet…My coonass relatives have been saying Who Dat since I can remember. Someone’s here…Who Dat? Someone caught a fish….Who Dat? Someone had a baby…Who Dat? So for anyone to say they own the Who Dat slogan is ludicrous! That is all. I’m not here to start or engage in an argument, just stating facts.

    • Cindy says:

      Ms. Shari: It is not about saying Who Dat. The Monistere’s are not trying to say they invented the phrase. Most people know and understand dat! It is about writing a song, copyrighting it, as all musicians do (Steve Monistere started T.Q and the Top Cats), and trademarking the phrase so they can print shirts, cups, jewelry, etc. to promote their song.

      Note: When you trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, you choose certain categories to file your mark(s) under. There are hundreds of categories. The Monistere’s, in 1983, of course choose apparel, among others, which included t-shirts, hats, etc. And, even if the mark is considered “dead” in most instances, it does not matter. If you continuously use the mark with no interruption, it is your mark. They have used the mark continuously since 1983.

      After their song became a big hit in Oct. 1983, it became even more popular when the Monistere’s had 60,000 placards printed. They, with the help of their friends and family members, stood at the doors of the Dome and passed out bright gold and black WHO DAT? signs before a Saints game. Do you remember seeing those? It is all on You Tube 1983 Who Dat!…Howard Cosell even made a comment about it.

      The Monistere’s have many licensees as you can read in Mr. Monistere’s post below. They, by law, must protect the mark just like Dixie Beer, Budweiser, Nike, Fritos and any other “famous” phrase owner must to do. They were selling the shirts even when we were the Aints. Then in 2009-2010 when the Saints won the Superbowl, crappy t-shirt shops started popping up everywhere and the Monistere’s had to hire trademark and intellectual property attorneys to protect and defend the marks which they are required to do by law.

      So, the folks who are screaming the loudest and being the most obnoxious are laughing all the way to the bank at the foolish “sheeple” they have conned because like you, they are not telling you the whole truth of who they are or what they are up to and that is no Koolaid – it is the truth.

      • Real Who Dat says:

        using the phrase is not owning the phrase, we know he lost his claim to fame when it expired, this is all public knowledge in spite of extensive efforts to shut down information about all the details, it is available to see for the eyes that know how to find it.

      • Real Who Dat says:

        yada yada yada, brag on, it will get you nothing, no one is contesting his “as usual” business efforts, I will even go as far as to say I commend him on his efforts and on his insight to jump on an idea based on the lack of popularity of the “at the time” Saints compared to today’s team but to take single handed credit for something that was already a popular phrase and chant is stupid and not true. if it wasn’t something being chanted already he would have never got the “idea” in the first place and wait hold on that’s right, all this is all null and void anyway since he lost sight of his “dream” and let the TM go back to public domain, damn you got to hate when that happens LOL

  10. Linda says:

    It it truly amazing that for over 20 years no one has worried about the Who Dat logo. People bought shirts, records, bumper stickers and more without questioning “who owns Who Dat!”. Then all of a sudden the “SAINTS” advance to the top and all hell breaks loose with people wanting to be money hungry (or greedy). People create all sorts of items with “Who Dat” on them and start selling for their profit. Did these people think about getting permission? I bet if they would have contacted Steve, he would have said yes. But since they did not Steve did the correct thing of finding these people and bringing justice. Steve is a great guy who would give and do anything for anyone. He has NEVER been the greedy type. He has great values that has been passed down from generation to generation.

    • Real Who Dat says:

      justice in who dat’s eyes? please he lost his damn TM when he stopped paying the fees and filing the paperwork like a legal business does when they are truly interested in protecting their beloved TM… owning a commonlaw to your name is NOT the same as owning a registered (for real) TM, the only reason he ever had the TM in the first place is no one was awake enough in the eighties to challenge it then because it was worth pennies but now of course it is worth a lot more so everyone is cashing in on the only business this city has seen in years, scratch that decades. oh sorry Steve might not realize that since he is a Texan now, oh well, talking about being a nawlins boy and being one is another, we love our city and we love our people and we respect each other and act like it here. so permission from who, I ask? no permission needed on a traditional common phrase, excuse us for wanting to make a buck to feed the families.

      • Cindy says:

        Real Who Dat you need to check the federal and state trademark laws. Continous constitutes ownership. Dats dat! You sound like a very bitter person. Did you take your medication today?

    • Real Who Dat says:

      guessing you are certainly no lawyer, maybe you should read some of these docs you been quoting. the law clearly states it goes back to public when not paid and maintained, sleeping for several years and trying to fake a couple sales of a couple shirts will not constitute as continuous use and certainly not TM protection. you like to stand on the fact that other people have been unlawfully using the phrase for years, well if that is the ground you are standing on in court, we are definitely looking forward to October 29th because that may be the very thing that burns you. you see NOT protecting your TM means not paying any attention and not suing people that are allegedly using it illegally and oops, guess maybe WDI should have got some lawyers back in the nineties instead of 2009. oh wait it wasn’t worth nothing back then, that’s right, oh well.

    • The Kajun Queen says:

      Steve also didn’t pay to keep his trademark legal. Oops he let that slide and it went back into the public domain. Forgot that one didn’t you?

  11. Dee says:

    Mr. Monistere, Do you mind if I ask you what company you own in San Antonio? I live in San Antonio (by way of military) and I’m interested in learning more about your stance and your past especially with this whole WHO DAT thing.

    • The Paramount Organization, Inc. We produce live entertainment events around the world. We are most famously known for the “Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular” ( laserspectacular.com ) For the low down on Who Dat go to http://whodat.com/true-origin-of-who-dat/ or youtube/whodatinc Thanks for asking.

      • The Kajun Queen says:

        I like Wikipedia’s version better…….http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Who_Dat%3F

      • Real Who Dat says:

        yeah incorrect title there, should read “the true origin according to Steve but not relevant to the people” LOL

      • Real Who Dat says:

        HAHAHA I am sorry the more I read from you the more I realize you need a mental adjustment dude, to think that you actually are trying to take sole credit for popularizing the phrase “who dat” based on a lame ass song that barely made local charts for a short period of time and some flyer passing out or something, really? are you trying to be serious or just satire pumping or something? wow?

        that very attitude and self righteous sentiment will be the very thing that shuts you down in the end buddy, and you want to tell other people to “get a life”, seriously? I love the “if you had just came to us and…” side of this story, how about “IF YOU HAD JUST BEEN HUMAN AND A REAL WHO DAT AND OFFERED A TRULY FAIR DEAL OPENLY AND NON-EXCLUSIVELY AND ACTUALLY ACTED LIKE A NAWLINS’ BOY IN THE FIRST PLACE, YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED AND TREATED LIKE ONE”, but instead greed kicked in and your common sense flew out the window. TSK TSK TSK shame on you Mr. WDI, reap what you sew you shall.

  12. Apology accepted! Civility is wonderful.

    Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. The funny thing is, I do not completely disagree. I know where the Who Dat phrase came from just as well as anyone else does. That is not the issue.

    Because of our actions in 1983, we own rights to enter into commerce in certain categories. YOU can also have the same rights in certain categories if YOU choose to. The law allows it. Those same laws are crafted to protect YOU the consumer, not a hand full of T Shirt shops. If our company didn’t have the right to control the sale of certain Who Dat products, then the result would be, that bootleggers would flood the market with cheap, poorly made goods (some that could be dangerous to your health), they would pay no taxes to the state or the city, they would take the cash out of state and not pay Federal Income Tax, etc, etc THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED DURING THE SAINTS SUPER BOWL RUN.

    This is why there are trademark laws.. so that the consumer can be protected on all fronts.
    As far as people who say, they should not have to pay a royalty for buying Who Dat goods…wise up! The consumer does not pay that fee. The manufactures of the goods do. In addition, if they are not paying it, as Mr. Moody is not paying it, then the money goes in their pockets anyway. The royalty charged on a Who Dat t-shirt is 10% of what it cost to manufacture. That amounts to about .30 cents a shirt that the printer has to pay. It does not drive up the cost of the shirt one red penny. In addition, keep this in mind, our Who Dat shirts retail for $10.00 at Walgreens and they are fine quality. That is because we keep the price down for the Who Dat Nation. Mr. Moody, Storyville and Fleurty Girl have all been known to charge $20.00 plus. Sure Moody is giving away a few shirts (for $7.00 shipping, that cost him .75), but he is getting a boatload of publicity out of it. Do not be fooled. No one does anything free. Do you go to work free? Do you own a business and give everything away? I think not.

    On the whodat.com web site, you will find quality T-shirts for $10.00. If you join the FREE fan club, that shirt is $5.00. Greedy? Us? I think not. We are for the people and we back up that statement with real action, not propaganda.

    FYI: We have no “deal” with the NFL. Our arrangement with manufactures that are licensed by the NFL. We can now have Who Dat products produced WITH the Saints marks on them. The money from the licensing of the Saints marks goes back to Tom Benson, THE SAINTS and the other 31 teams, not the NFL. So if you oppose our company selling Who Dat products then you must oppose the Saints selling Who Dat products (wow- oppose the Saints- Blasphemy). When you start to see those cool Who Dat/Saints shirt on the market in a few weeks, remember that those products are there for YOU because Who Dat?, Inc. fought for the rights to make that happen. We are a New Orleans based business, a Louisiana corporation and we pay taxes to the each city and/or parish we sell goods in, and we pay Louisiana state taxes as well as federal income tax. We are members of The Who Dat Nation, just like you.

    If WDI does not care about local New Orleans businesses, then how can you account for this list of our licensees?

    Action Screen Printers Slidell
    Anne Dale Jewelry Covington
    Who Dat Elvis Metairie
    Who Dat Spring Water New Orleans
    Logo Express Harvey
    Accent Annex New Orleans
    Synergy Corporation Covington
    Louisiana Online Mall Baton Rouge
    Mardi Gras Records Metairie
    and more that are signing on everyday.

    Then there are our national licensees:

    MTV
    American Idol
    Vanity Fare
    FOX Sports
    ESPN
    ABC Sports
    New Ear Caps Saints/Who Dat goods
    Boelter Glass Ware Saints/Who Dat goods
    Logoart Jewelers Saints/Who Dat goods
    Wincraft Saints/Who Dat goods
    Patina Products
    Crunk Energy Drink
    Eyeblack
    Plus many more……..

    So now ask yourself……why on earth would people like Keith Moody (who is from Wisconsin) and Storyville’s Josh Harvey (who moved from here when he was six years old, only to return after the city came back from the storm in 2000)… why……why….. are they villainizing us, when they are making money by selling Who Dat products?

    Who Dat?,Inc. has been doing this since 1983…….Monogram Express and Storyville started in 2009 / 2010 ……………. Now who dat jumped on da bandwagon?

    Study trademark law, then you will understand fully.

    Feel free to post this anywhere you want. Many people will not want to hear it, but sometimes the truth is hard to swallow.

    Everyone’s friend – Steve Monistere

    • BROTHER…don’t mind ya blabbing…but please get facts straight…I was born and raised in OHIO!!!! Left Ohio after HS and spent my adult life in the MARINES…retired in New Orleans and married a local WHO DAT….dude…save the argument for court…btw, I’ve been in biz since 1993 in NEW ORLEANS…all this stuff will come to light…chill my brother…please let folks know the truth…BUT CAREFULL what ya post in these things….you know the attnys are watching…let’s agree to disagree and let the court settle once and for all….can I get a WHO DAT! ~Keith Moody, Captain, USMC Retired…owner MONOGRAM EXPRESS

    • Real Who Dat says:

      nice try Steve

      by the way, did we forget to mention all the businesses you have refused the right to print it even with a fee based on your opinion of their so-called threat to you and what about the ones you have clearly manipulated and maneuvered into “your” deal and taken advantage of their lack of legal assistance and income to cover excessive legal costs? what about the little guy Steve, what exactly are doing for those people? are you giving them a simple low cost license to print and use your beloved TM or are you walking all over them due to fear they might actually have a better product than you?

      like many of the people in this city I come from the same era as you and have no doubt we have many of the same friends, hell I will even go as far as to say had you and I met along the road before this who dat dispute, we may have been friends. but to be honest even the devil does good things here & there, a little charity does not show the true heart of a man, it is his actions and many of yours are in question by many people looking at you right now.

      your right to own a TM on your name is not in question, it is the right to license and own the phrase that we question. you collecting any fee 10% or whatever is no better than overlording hard working people trying to run a business and make a living in a hard time. hell give me 10% of all the who dat merchandise out there and I am living like a king or is that what you have in mind?

      and one more thing man, you did not MAKE the popularity of the words with one damn song or any fliers littered around town. you coined in first is the only claim you have to stand on but then what happened when you stopped following the law and let the TM expire, what about that? now you think it is ok to jump BACK on the bandwagon in 2009 like all the other people you are talking about and try to seize the ownership of public property. i wonder if you ever really considered just being very reasonable and being a real friend to the WDN and offer your so-called TM up for a very fair and low fee to everyone equally and not discriminate against any regarding “worthiness” to use it. you know you have ok products and based on your claim to limited sales in certain years they were obviously not the best of the best, is this really just pride and maybe even jealousy over other’s talents and ideas? owning a name is one thing, owning a phrase is another and trying to monopolize the industry into your pocketbook is not fair no matter what you say.

      and this is not just about the 2 or so companies left in your lawsuit, this is about all the businesses in new orleans and beyond you are controlling and the ones you are not allowing to thrive on the only true industry in our city other than tourism related. how is that being a true nawlins down home good ole boy?

  13. Correction on Harvey’s return from New York… it was 2009

  14. Real Who Dat says:

    nice try Steve

  15. Real Who Dat says:

    by the way, did we forget to mention all the businesses you have refused the right to print it even with a fee based on your opinion of their so-called threat to you and what about the ones you have clearly manipulated and maneuvered into “your” deal and taken advantage of their lack of legal assistance and income to cover excessive legal costs? what about the little guy Steve, what exactly are doing for those people? are you giving them a simple low cost license to print and use your beloved TM or are you walking all over them due to fear they might actually have a better product than you?

    like many of the people in this city I come from the same era as you and have no doubt we have many of the same friends, hell I will even go as far as to say had you and I met along the road before this who dat dispute, we may have been friends. but to be honest even the devil does good things here & there, a little charity does not show the true heart of a man, it is his actions and many of yours are in question by many people looking at you right now.

    your right to own a TM on your name is not in question, it is the right to license and own the phrase that we question. you collecting any fee 10% or whatever is no better than overlording hard working people trying to run a business and make a living in a hard time. hell give me 10% of all the who dat merchandise out there and I am living like a king or is that what you have in mind?

    and one more thing man, you did not MAKE the popularity of the words with one damn song or any fliers littered around town. you coined in first is the only claim you have to stand on but then what happened when you stopped following the law and let the TM expire, what about that? now you think it is ok to jump BACK on the bandwagon in 2009 like all the other people you are talking about and try to seize the ownership of public property. i wonder if you ever really considered just being very reasonable and being a real friend to the WDN and offer your so-called TM up for a very fair and low fee to everyone equally and not discriminate against any regarding “worthiness” to use it. you know you have ok products and based on your claim to limited sales in certain years they were obviously not the best of the best, is this really just pride and maybe even jealousy over other’s talents and ideas? owning a name is one thing, owning a phrase is another and trying to monopolize the industry into your pocketbook is not fair no matter what you say.

    and this is not just about the 2 or so companies left in your lawsuit, this is about all the businesses in new orleans and beyond you are controlling and the ones you are not allowing to thrive on the only true industry in our city other than tourism related. how is that being a true nawlins down home good ole boy?

    • Steve Monistere says:

      Licensing has been, and is available to all local merchants. Just contact us at inquiries@whodat.com In addition, we have a program whereas ANYONE can design and sell their own Who DAT shirt on Zazzle and not pay any royalty at all.

  16. apromise says:

    Know this, if he wins this case. “Who dats” will avoid all his products & anyone associated with him. “who dats” will not buy from anyone carrying his products or paying him a royalty. So, how will “who dats” get gear with “who dat” on it? From bootleggers of course! His legacy in this city will forever be tainted & who dats will remind each other of this everyday. He may win the battle but ultimately, lose the war.

  17. Tiare says:

    Sounds about right as far as the law goes but morally its so wrong. He basically took a phrase that was native to the people & claimed it.

  18. teejay says:

    This won’t be the first time someone laid claim to what already belonged to the natives.

  19. wheuxdat says:

    It doesn’t matter what a person has done. I do not believe anyone here is trying to attack someone personally. We are all passionate about this topic! We will say things that are out of place, call people names, and attack people like two year olds. Even if the phrase who dat belongs to him, he didn’t try to fight it, it seems until the saints won the super bowl and he saw a money maker and saw other people benefit from it. OK its every Americans dream to own a business and make millions, but dude, you can still make money on that phrase even though allot of other people are selling it too. Take the fight away from the phrase and be the one to make the better product! The people love the saints, and that phrase goes hand in hand with the team and the city. No one stopped buying from you as far as I know. To be selfish and try to take it away, to be the only person benefit from it? That’s just straight shitty!The people in that city work together play together and come together in times of need. That has been proven over and over again. And you just want it all to yourself? If you win, no one is going to buy that phrase and youll be the most hated person in new Orleans. So stop being difficult and share the trade mark and let everyone benefit from it! You do that, you release it and let the people have it,and i will personally get a petition for as many people as i can to buy shirts/products from you…. because I truly believe everyone and i mean who dat nation(which is pretty damn big)can benefit from this!

    Sincerely
    Wheux Dat

  20. Lynda W in NOLA says:

    Well, I think it is sinful to try to cash in on the creativity of others. It is a “public domain” phrase as people have been using it forever and those t-shirt companies were helping lift the city up in the worst of times with a variety of NOLA centric designs. If you had been here you would have known that. That is why folks feel so protective of them. Because the trademark lapsed and the old owners claim that a couple of dusty tshirts in a shop represent continued use, they inherently come off as sketchy and opportunistic now. And sure, I’m certain the bragging rights of claiming ownership is difficult to pass up. I don’t think we need protection from cheap quality goods. All that said, I no longer purchase ANYTHING that says WHODAT on it. If WHODAT is free and belongs to the people, then it shouldn’t cost. I decided to pay one man for WHODAT, a tattoo artist. You can’t take my leg from me and I’ll wear the term proudly always. We should all just get tattoos and be done with it. I will still shout it and post it. But I will never again pay someone a cent for it. Anyone.

    • Real Who Dat says:

      Continued use means nothing in terms of an actual registered trademark with rights to “OWN” a phrase exclusively and certainly does not justify licensing for something not “OWNED”, Anyone signing with these boys are in for a shock in the end to find they got fooled into playing that game. a commonlaw trademark is all they have to stand on and that only covers protection of your company name in a given territory of use, Simply put they have the right to prevent anyone from using the same exact name as them only in Louisiana and nothing more at this time, That does not cover using the two words or phrase “who dat” in any other fashion than as the “EXACT” company name. This law is in effect to prevent public confusion and misrepresentation only and no one will be confused by Who Dat Yat Chat being in business as WDI or any other similar name as long as it is clearly publicized as a different company and not intentionally misleading. These guys have nothing to stand on in court. STOP SIGNING LICENSES PEOPLE, they don’t own squat!!!

  21. Real Who Dat says:

    WHAT? Not talking anymore Steve? Still not addressing all the things that matter as usual I see. You remind me of so many politicians always spitting out the same old stuff and not even believing it themselves and then avoiding all the real issues. Tsk Tsk Tsk

  22. WDI FAN says:

    REAL WHO DAT,  AKA Mark Andrews…… You are busted , I know who you are.

  23. Real Who Dat says:

    I am still waiting for someone to say something that makes me go “WOW, I see your point here” or even “Hmmm, dats something to consider” on Steve’s side of this twisted reality he calls WDI, can you please bring in a topic that does something more than “attempt to cover your butt” and “puff up your already tarnished name and business practices”?

  24. Keith Moody, Monogram Express says:

    ***TRIAL BEGINS 10/29/12, FEDERAL COURT, NEW ORLEANS****
    Hopefully, ONCE AND FOR ALL, this matter will be settled!!! WHO DAT
    BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE!! God Bless us as we attempt to PROVE IT!!!
    ~Keith Moody, defendant, Monogram Express

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