Dave Hester, cast member of Storage Wars, has been reported to have filed a lawsuit against musician Trey Songz that seeks to prevent the rapper from interfering with his use of the word “YUUUP!”
This comes after attorneys for Songz served Hester with a “cease-and-desist” order demanding he stop using the phrase on television. Songz argued that the term has been his “signature phrase” since 2009, however, Hester successfull registered a trademark for the sound earlier this year.
In the complaint, Hester claims that Songz’s sound “resembles an animal-like or non-human squeal which begins with a distinct ‘yeeee’ sound before finishing with a squeal-like ‘uuuup’ sound,” which differentiates it from Hester’s “distinct and different from Hester’s more monosyllabic sounding guttural auction bidding phrase … which is meant to convey the meaning of ‘yes.’ “
We want to hear your storage auction stories! Contact us if you would like to share your experiences on our blog!