Have You Heard About the ‘Cocky’ Cock-Up? Part 1

No? But it’s the biggest contretemps in the literary world right this very moment. Well, the literary legal world, for sure. Here’s one blogger’s way of looking at this strange but significant mess:


Cleaning Up the Cocky Cock-Up
by SB Sarah

I’ve noticed as I age (like a fine wine, of course) that I experience different kinds of upset. Sometimes I feel flash-rage explosive, and sometimes I experience a more slow burn of never-ending sneer.

Then there’s the upset that’s a full-body exhale of impending exhaustion. Ever walk into a room and discovered that a toddler has made a mess that includes syrup, ink, and olive oil on a white rug, then watched as they upended a quart of spoiled milk on top? You can see the problem, and beneath it, the hours and hours that will be required to clean it all up.

That’s the feeling I’m experiencing right now, looking at the trademarking of the word “cocky.” Oh, look, that’s a massively ignorant mess and it’s going to take considerable time, energy, and funds to clean up. Yet here we are.

So what happened? As originally reported by Bianca Sommerland via YouTube, and written about extensively and exquisitely by Kayleigh Donaldson at PajibaKevin WhippleJenny TroutCourtney Milan, and many, many clever individuals on Twitter,  a self published author has trademarked the term “Cocky,” both the term itself and the word in a font to which said author does not own the rights. Said person has begun telling authors of works with “cocky” in the title or series name that they must remove or retitle their books immediately. Using said trademark, this person has also reported works from authors including Jamila Jasper, Nana Malone, and others to Amazon, which has removed them from retail sale.

Someone in the US Patent and Trademark Office made a big ol’ cock-up. They left ink, syrup, olive oil, and spoiled milk within reach of a toddler. And to be fair, the term “toddler” is giving way too much credit. Toddlers are great fun and are learning about the world. They can grow up to be great people.

This is an adult with what seem to be harmful, deceitful, and fraudulent intentions….

Read it all at Smart Bitches Trashy Books