Court Decides George Clinton Has Primacy In Bow Wow Chorus Arena

    George Clinton (and his lawyers) are now richer to the tune of $89,000, but some court victories are about more than money. Clinton contended that the phrase “bow wow wow yippie yo yippie yay,” which he penned for 1982’s “Atomic Dog,” was his intellectual property, and therefore off limits for the group Public Announcement, who used the phrase in their 1998 song “D.O.G. in Me.” While some would see the trademarking of what essentially amounts to a nonsense phrase as unnecessarily harsh, Clinton’s chorus is a sonic calling card. To have it abused by R. Kelly’s back-up band is certainly worth the amount. Universal, who released the Public Announcement album, appealed the initial ruling, but it was upheld this week by the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. [The Daily Swarm]