Twisted Sister founder takes aim at coffee shop

June 5, 2013 at 2:40 PM
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MISSION, Kan., June 5 (UPI) -- The founder of 1980s heavy metal band Twisted Sister said a Kansas coffee shop can keep its name in exchange for $100 per year.

Jay Jay French, the guitarist and founder of the band behind 1984 hit song "We're Not Gonna Take It," said the Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop in Mission, owned by actual sisters Sandi Russell and Nancy Hansen, can keep its name if the owners pay him $100 per year and sign legal papers acknowledging they have limited use of the trademark, The Kansas City (Mo.) Star reported Wednesday.

French, who is known for filing lawsuits against businesses with "Twisted Sister" in their name or Internet domain-name holders using similar URLs, said he is only interested in protecting his trademark.

"They always settle," he said of the businesses. "Everybody eventually says, 'Enough, we'll stop using it,' or I say we'll license it for a nominal fee and I'll donate the money to charity."

French said all of the money he receives from such deals goes to the Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation, a charity benefiting those with inflammatory eye diseases, such as his daughter.

Russell and Hansen said they had not heard of French's band until they received a letter from his lawyers in March. They said they will likely accept the $100-per-year offer.

"To whom do I write the check?" Russell said.

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