Dublin GAA faces its first major challenge today ahead of their All-Ireland Clash against Mayo- and it isn’t football related.
American electronic music artist Skrillex is suing the Dublin GAA board for alleged copyright infringement over their use of the name “Dubs”.
The action was brought to the High Court today by Sonny Moore, the artist actual name, who claims he registered the name ‘DUB” with the Irish Patents Office several years ago in relation to entertainment services and music he produces, ie “DUB-STEP”. Sonny was quoted earlier today saying, “ I’ve been bangin out sweet-ass beats for years, who the hell are these dubs?”
Mr Moore told the court that the use of the phrase “DUBS” is a clear breach of his own trademark and said he had not given his consent for its use by Dublin GAA.
The phrase “The Dubs” has been in circulation around the nation’s capital for numerous years and many feel it is their right to use it, as they feel they themselves are indeed the original “Dubs”. One old lady was quoted saying, “Skrill what?! Would ya go and shite.”
Dublin’s footballers play Mayo this weekend in the All-Ireland decider and it’s still unclear whether or not the phrase will be allowed to be used at Croke Park for the final.
If the court ruling this evening is in favour of Mr Moore, all uses of the phrase “Dubs” must cease. Gardai have agreed to arrest anyone in breach of this ruling and have dispatched an influx of culchie-based Gardai to the capital in anticipation of the ruling.
So in writing (and in your case reading this), this maybe the last time anyone has the opportunity to shout “UP THE DUBS”