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Reality Show Personality and Rapper Settle Legal Dispute Over ‘YUUUP!’ Catchphrase

Jun 26, 2012  •  Post A Comment

"Storage Wars" star Dave Hester and rapper Trey Songz have settled their lawsuits over who can say "YUUUP!," according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Hollywood, Esq.

Hester sued Songz last November, with Songz countersuing in April. Both men argued the word is a signature catchphrase, with Songz claiming he used it first. Hester noted he had tried to register the catchphrase three times at the trademark office, the story notes.

Hester sued after receiving a cease-and-desist request from Songz’s lawyers insisting that Hester discontinue use of the phrase on the A&E storage auction show. Hester’s suit asserted that his and Songz’s utterances differed significantly, noting that Songz’s version “resembles an animal-like or nonhuman squeal which begins with a distinct ‘yeeee’ sound before finishing with a squeal-like ‘uuuup’ sound," the story reports.

Songz countersued in April, noting that the phrase is part of a call-and-response with audience members during his live shows and saying the phrase has been included on his merchandise since 2009.

Without revealing details of their agreement, the parties notified a federal judge late last week that they had settled their dispute. So who will continue to say “YUUUP!”? Sadly, we’ll have to wait to find out.

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