07 May

SAVE THE POWER HOUR

Power Hour Drinking Games Are in Jeopardy!

UPDATE: The Power Hour trademark battle is still going on and I’ve now spent over $30,000 fighting this! I NEVER expected it to take over 2 years or cost this much :( but I’ve gone this far so it would be awful to stop now! Check out the Trademark Dispute News to read about the progress. If you’d like to support my crusade, check out the brand new power hour products in my store. Get my new CD or Shot Glass USB and defiantly play a POWER HOUR. Help keep the term generic!

I wrote 60 songs about drinking. And they’re all one minute long. If you’ve ever done a power hour you’ll know it’s a drinking game where you take a shot of beer every time the song changes. Awesomeness ensues.

I play these songs live at my Drinking Game Concerts where the crowd plays the game while I perform. You can play the game right now with this video playlist:

Someone is trying to force me to take down my videos, stop selling my album and stop performing my live drinking game concerts. I need your help to stop this from happening.

The Power Hour Album

A guy by the name of Steve Roose also made a power hour DVD. He was JUST granted a trademark for the term “power hour”. Steve didn’t invent the power hour so he shouldn’t have the trademark but he has now begun harassing me to get rid of everything I’ve made related to my Power Hour Drinking Game Album.

I’ve hired a lawyer and already sunk lots of money into fighting this. The next step is for me to protest Steve’s trademark because he most definitely shouldn’t have the rights to that name. This is where you come in.

Help Me Save the Power Hour

My lawyer says it’s going to take an estimated $15,000 to fight Steve. I need your help to raise the money to keep the power hour name free from ownership otherwise The Power Hour Album, music videos and live Drinking Game Concerts will disappear forever. Please donate anything you can to this (obviously) worthy (because it’s about beer!) cause.





The Power Hour AlbumAll donors will be acknowledged on my site (if they don’t want to be anonymous) and there are some awesome incentives based on how much you donate. You can get anything from a download of the album to a private Drinking Game Concert from me! They’re all listed below.

If you can’t donate but still want to help me out, please post links and share this website any way you can. Facebook, Digg, Reddit, Twitter, carrier pigeon…..whatever. Just help me spread the word!

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UPDATE: Steve has gotten my Power Hour Concert events taken off of Facebook. He’s also successfully gotten my DVD taken off of Amazon and stopped Rhapsody from selling my mp3s. These types of websites don’t want to get in the middle of disputes so when they receive a cease and desist, they take the content down immediately no matter what the context. In Steve’s threat emails to me he said he’s also going to contact iTunes and YouTube. I’m guessing those will come down next if I don’t get his trademark revoked soon.

Why Steve Shouldn’t Have the Trademark

The term “power hour” has been around for a a very long time. It is a general term that describes the game. Trademark law states “Registration of a mark that is merely descriptive should be refused.” This means the term “power hour” shouldn’t belong to Steve. He shouldn’t be able to force me to throw away my artwork. I just need the money to protest this so that I can get his trademark removed.

All Power Hours are in Danger, Not Just Mine

Not only is Steve trying to get rid of my power hour, he’s been bullying other people as well. Power Hour HQ is another site that has contacted me about stopping Steve Roose. Unless you help SAVE THE POWER HOUR, Steve will be able to get rid of every power hour anyone has ever made and he’s already begun to try.

If you’re another site that wants to join the fight, send me an email at powerhour [at] alispagnola [dot] com.

Reasons Why This Makes Me Sad

  • My Power Hour Album is my creative work. I get a lot of enjoyment out of it (and I do believe many others do as well). It would be a friggin’ shame if I had to completely dispense with my creation.
  • This issue is being decided not based on who is morally right but who has the most money.
  • I’m making this website right now when I should be out drinking and having a good time with my friends.

Ways to Make Me Unsad





Well Crap. I Don’t Want to Publicize for This Guy

I haven’t linked to Steve’s power hour DVD because I don’t want to give him more traffic but feel free to find him online and form your own opinion. Then feel free to NOT buy his power hour :) Also, feel free to donate to help me fight him!





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A Final Note

Thanks for reading this far. I really appreciate any donations or publicity you can give me. Also… binge responsibly!

SAVE THE POWER HOUR Backers

Thanks so much to all the people helping to SAVE THE POWER HOUR!

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Categories: Trademark Dispute
  1. Jason Johnson
    May 20th, 2010 at 21:07 | #1

    Have you taken your case and details to the fine folks at eff.org ? Submit your story to sites like techdirt.com (not mine) and slashdot. Bad publicity works wonders in scaring off patent/trademark trolls.

  2. Jeff Little of Troy Ohio
    May 20th, 2010 at 21:19 | #2

    Crap we used the word power hour back when I was in High School (1979)

  3. May 20th, 2010 at 23:37 | #3

    Hey, I’m too young to drink, and don’t really like your music, but you have a lot of talent nonetheless.

    I can’t believe someone would put legal pressure on someone as nice as you. I hope you overcome this!

    Oh, and you’re very pretty

  4. Jon
    May 21st, 2010 at 08:25 | #4

    Prior art surely? All you should have to do is prove that you were using the name prior to him registering it, isn’t it?

  5. Kevin24LG
    May 27th, 2010 at 11:28 | #5

    Just got my CD in the mail, it’s awesome! Thanks Ali, good luck with the fight! :)

  6. Joe Ryder
    July 5th, 2010 at 11:29 | #7

    If Steve applied for the trademark and received it…shame on you for not doing it before he did. No matter how old the name is…

  7. Update us
    August 2nd, 2010 at 20:32 | #8

    Give us an update to whats going on with the battle!!!

  8. admin
    August 3rd, 2010 at 17:25 | #9

    @Update us
    Woo! Thanks for caring :)

    My lawyer helped me put together an opposition and we submitted it against Steve’s trademark. Now we’re in a waiting period where Steve has a chance to file a response. I’ll post some more updates as they happen but the working with the US Patent and Trademark Office isn’t exactly speedy.

  9. Pulled from spencers?
    August 4th, 2010 at 14:39 | #10

    I think spencers pulled his product from the stores. They were in the clearance section!!!!!!! So that is probably where most of his income came from.

  10. admin
    September 16th, 2010 at 16:41 | #11

    @Update us
    Steve submitted a response to my opposition. Ugh. Which means we’ve gone into a “discovery period”. Basically, my lawyer is requesting lots of information from Steve about his business and his claims. And there has to be a conference between Steve’s lawyer and mine. Though we’re pretty sure Steve still doesn’t actually have a lawyer. So far he’s been able to drain my money without losing any himself but hopefully that will change soon. I’ll keep updating as I get more info.

  11. scott
    September 21st, 2010 at 08:16 | #12

    Cant donate now, im unemployed hopefully ill remember when i do get income, i will share this however.
    Not a big drinker myself, but i always love being a part of bringing down sleezy people like Stephen. Power hour has something ive been hearing of since i was younger way before his game in 2000. he knew what he was doing all along, the guys a scumbag, i hate buisness people like that. Also he got rich off something he didnt even make up and now says it his lol. You made original songs based off power hour.

    Also i can see him making you change the name(if the trademark was legit), but hes out of his mind thining he can make u stop posting those kind of videos and making those kind of concerts, some peopel need a brain. If he didnt have the money you could defintly win this hand downs cuz the guys a moron. THe fact that he doesnt have a lawyer yet could be good meaning he waited all his profits onbeer or to cheap and having his educated friends pretend to be lawyers.

    I have plent yof friend who are into to power hours, ive even done them here and there, ill be sure to let them know.

    Also it suck that you’re waisting (i wouldnt exactly say waisting tis going to a good cause) all your money fighting this instead of enjoying your profits. Hopefully when its all over your album/dvd sales get a big boost. ALso im going over to Stephens site to let him know what i think of him.

    good luck

  12. September 23rd, 2010 at 01:25 | #13

    Any updates on this Ali?

  13. admin
    September 23rd, 2010 at 11:15 | #14

    @Creighton
    The trademark office assigned an interlocutory attorney to assist in the case. That person, my lawyer and Steve Roose held a discovery conference on Wednesday. The interlocutory attorney advised Steve to get a lawyer but he refused. She said that she had done some searching for power hour, and indicated that Steve would have a tough time establishing that he was effectively policing his mark. Steve is still moving forward with fighting me.

  14. GOOD JOB!!!!
    September 23rd, 2010 at 18:58 | #15

    So in other words…..he has no money, and can’t afford a lawyer. Can you sue him to get your lawyer fees, and lost wages back?

  15. admin
    September 24th, 2010 at 09:05 | #16

    @GOOD JOB!!!!
    I’m not sure. I don’t want to ask my lawyer yet because I have to shell out every time I talk to him haha! It’s definitely something to consider in the future even though more litigation doesn’t sound appealing right now.

  16. admin
    September 28th, 2010 at 14:52 | #17

    Just posted an update on my News page about the opposition:
    http://www.alispagnola.com/powerhour/2010/09/power-hour-trademark-update/

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  18. Mr. Lucky
    January 18th, 2011 at 13:01 | #19

    This might explain why he lost interest in the Powerhour trademark

    http://www.steveroose.com/

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