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The Legal Battle To End Them All: Who Owns “YUUUP!”?!?!

We’ve had some fun recently with seemingly frivolous Hollywood lawsuits, but it’s time to WAKE UP because first of all it’s daytime and second of all, WE HAVE A VERY SERIOUS HOLLYWOOD LAWSUIT TO DISCUSS! As we all know, David Hester from From A&E’s Storage Wars is known for his signature phrase, “YUUUP!” Classic Hester. We all quote it almost constantly, to the point where you think it’d get old but somehow it hasn’t yet. As we all also know, and my goodness I can’t believe we haven’t put this together until this moment, the rapper Trey Songz is also known for the catchphrase “YUUUP!” which we ALSO quote constantly! It’s just that we use them in such different scenarios, I guess. I don’t know, I never thought about it before! Anyway, clearly THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE! From The Hollywood Reporter:

Attorneys for Songz sent a cease-and-desist letter to Hester that demanded the reality TV star stop uttering the phrase during the show’s auctions of seized goods, according to the NY Post. The rapper says that “YUUUP!” has been his “signature sound” since at least 2009, but evidently, he failed to trademark it.

According to a search of trademark records, Hester registered “YUUUP!” on three occasions, dating back to this past May. Besides, Hester says that the two uses of “YUUUP!” sound different. Songz’ version, according to the complaint, “resembles an animal-like or non-human squeal which begins with a distinct ‘yeeee’ sound before finishing with a squeal-like ‘uuuup’ sound.”

Whoa! (™Joey Lawrence) That’s quite a case, I don’t know WHOM to side with! (Just kidding, clearly I side with Hester. He is the clear winner? I don’t know what Trey Songz thinks he’s doing. Hester has trademarked the utterance “YUUUP!” three times [???] and just wants to be left alone, plus nobody knows who he is. Also I don’t think that many people know Trey Songz is? Everybody needs to be quiet.) The only thing left to do now is hear the two “YUUUP!”s and decide for ourselves. WE BE THE JUDGES! WE IN CHARGE! (™-Djay, Hustle and Flow).

Trey Songz’s “YUUUP!”

Dave Hester’s “YUUUP!”

Hmmmm. It’s a draw! No one can say it anymore except for me! It’s my catch phrase now, CASE CLOSED! YUUUUUUUUUUUUUP GOODBYE!