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Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Thomas Hackel, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. Thomas Hackel

    Thomas Hackel
    Honk - Forum Games Moderator

    German Firm Wins Right to Make Beer Called '****ing Hell'

    The EU's trademarks authority has permitted a German firm to brew beer and produce clothing under the name "****ing Hell". It may be an expletive in English, but in German it could refer to a light ale -- Hell -- from the Austrian town of ****ing. Whether it will be brewed there is another question.

    The European Union trademarks authority has permitted a German firm to register the brand name "****ing Hell" for a new beer, much to the irritation of the Austrian village of ****ing.

    In English, the term "****ing Hell" is just an expletive used to express irritation or surprise. In German, it could refer to a light ale from ****ing in Upper Austria, because "Hell" is a term for light ale in southern Germany and Austria.

    The problem is that ****ing has no brewery, and the town's mayor, Franz Meindl, is not aware of any plans to build one there, Austrian public broadcaster ORF reported on its Web site.

    The Trade Marks and Designs Registration Office of the European Union said in a statement that it had rejected a complaint that the trade mark "****ing Hell" was upsetting, accusatory and derogatory.

    "The word combination claimed contains no semantic indication that could refer to a certain person or group of persons. Nor does it incite a particular act. It cannot even be understood as an instruction that the reader should go to hell," the Office said in its statement.

    EU Trademark Office Has No Problem with Name

    "****ing Hell" was an "an interjection used to express a deprecation, but it does not indicate against whom the deprecation is directed," the Office added. "Nor can it be considered as reprehensible to use existing place names in a targeted manner (as a reference to the place), merely because this may have an ambiguous meaning in other languages."

    That is good news for German marketing executives Stefan Fellenberg and Florian Krause, who own the rights to the brand name, and who had referred to the town of ****ing in their application to register it.

    Tittelconsulting, a marketing agency, said in a statement on Monday that the owners will use the trademark to manufacture a variety of products including clothing and beer. "It includes the marketing of a beer among other things," Tittelconsulting said in a statement.

    The new brew was likely to be presented in August or September, it added. Contacted by SPIEGEL ONLINE, Fellenberg declined to give further comment, so it's unclear where the beer will be brewed.

    It is likely to heighten ****ing's fame, which is something Meindl, the town's mayor, isn't happy about, given the trouble the name has caused it over the years. "Twelve or 13 town signs have been stolen. We've taken to fixing them with concrete, welding and rivets."

    The Bavarian towns of Kissing and Petting have the same problem, as does the eastern German town of Pissen. But so far, there are no plans to name a beer after them.

    Source: http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,686305,00.html
  2. Ross Balfour

    Ross Balfour
    #99 | Roaring Pipes Maniacs

    made me LOL :D

    I imagine this wont be allowed in the UK.
  3. LOL yea there are some funny named towns! Sometimes even in the own language!
  4. Omer Said

    Omer Said
    Weresloth Staff Premium Member

    "Where are you going my dear ? "
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  5. Ross Balfour

    Ross Balfour
    #99 | Roaring Pipes Maniacs

    "I work in the ****ing business Industry" :D:D