back to article EU court tells prudish IP office to fack off for balking at 'fack ju' trademark application

The phrase "fack ju" can be registered as a trademark, according to an EU court which overruled a group of offended trademark lawyers. Despite the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) declaring years ago that the title of the film Fack ju Göhte (that's Goethe) was "vulgar" and in "bad taste," the European Court …

  1. Khaptain Silver badge

    "Fack ju"

    To be honest I actually thought that the complaint would have been for another reason. As this phrase could easily be misread/translated two more that one possibility.

    To each his own, so I won't make judgement but personally I wouldn't have chosen that phrase as the possibility for offending one group or another is quite obvious...

    1. markr555

      Oh, get a life!

      1. Khaptain Silver badge

        Can someone please have the kindness to explain what they believe I said wrong? For me it's not bleeding obvious..

    2. localzuk Silver badge

      Spending your life tiptoeing on eggshells because a phrase *may* offend one group or another is not realistic, nor sensible. Lots of things offend lots of people. The reality is, context and intent always matter - and this wasn't intended to be offensive in either of the ways you or the IP office took it to mean.

      1. Khaptain Silver badge

        "Spending your life tiptoeing on eggshells because a phrase *may* offend one group or another is not realistic, nor sensible."

        Although I mostly agree with what you state, there are limits that even the Far Right, Far Left agree should not be surpassed. What would be the point in a full on slur pointed at anyone. It would be neither intelligent nor useful, some subtlety would be far more desirable..

      2. A.P. Veening Silver badge

        Frankly, I consider the expectation to tiptoe on eggshells for fear of offending extremely offensive in itself. If I offend, it is either extremely deliberate or because somebody has toes that need stepping on, usually both.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      What, you mean the possibility of offending a group of one 19th century German philosopher was not enough, more could follow?!

  2. Hans 1 Silver badge

    Excuse my French

    "Mozart fucker" - with a French accent

  3. Vin

    Fucking video!

    You often read in the comments that “you owe me a new keyboard”

    I’d never ACTUALLY spat out my coffee, personally, until just now.

    Watching that Fucking video on my tablet.... when the presenter delivered his “here is the Fucking school” he caught me just so in he humour dept, I chuckled once but caught the coffee in my mouth, and then, it just sprayed out all over my tablet, my tshirt, and the floor.

    So thanks for posting that Fucking video!

    1. Huw D Silver badge

      Re: Fucking video!

      You need to watch this then.

      Grand Tour - Wank, Kissing, Petting, Fucking, Wedding

      1. JimmyPage Silver badge
        Thumb Up

        Re: Grand Tour - Wank, Kissing, Petting, Fucking, Wedding

        Officers in the Met used to refer to one of their divisions as the "Dirty division", because it covered Hampton, Feltham, and Staines ....

    2. MiguelC Silver badge

      Re: Fucking video!

      ...priest is away... took a missionary position... snigger...

    3. Aussie Doc

      Re: Fucking video!

      Was a funny (to me) video but also seemed to read like a typical true-blue® Aussie news story if the censors didn't get all hot 'n' bothered.

      Fuckin' oath, mate.

  4. imanidiot Silver badge

    When non-natives attack

    Sometimes, people who don't natively speak a language should just keep their trap shut on what is or is not acceptable speech...

    1. Huw D Silver badge

      Re: When non-natives attack


  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "MACAFUCKER" (In the Night garden anyone?)

    Great minds think alike! :)

    1. Holtsmark

      Re: "MACAFUCKER" (In the Night garden anyone?)

      Being up to date, I first misread the C for a G and found it to be quite proper.

      Sad times..

  6. The Nazz Silver badge

    King of Fuh

    Brute Force's take on it :

    You'd have to be a king-sized snowflake to get offended at that.

    Additionally, does anyone here know (there''ll be someone) if the French phrase "Baisez-moi" can be used in both contexts as with English.

    Fuck Me - a sexual request. and

    Fuck me, (have you seen the size of that?)

    1. FrogsAndChips Silver badge

      Re: King of Fuh

      Only the first context would apply for this sentence.

      For the 2nd context, you would use the versatile expletive "Putain" (French for "whore"), which is the equivalent of fuck/fucking and can be used to express a wide range of emotions such as surprise, anger, contempt, annoyance...

    2. Ken Shabby Bronze badge

      Re: King of Fuh

      Ask these guys for some hot noodles.

      "Fu King Chinese Restaurant"

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What about the ancient Scottish martial art of Fu Kyu Tu?

  8. horse of a different color

    German comedy is no laughing matter!

  9. Luke Worm


    Languages are wonderful. If you want to open a safe deposit box in a bank in Sweden, you simply ask for a "bankfack". The clerk will ask if you want a big fack or a small fack.

  10. HildyJ Silver badge

    Language Police

    The Language Police seem to be ever present, ever angry, and ever laughable.

  11. Blackjack

    You got email!

    Remember when that got trademarked?

  12. Chairman of the Bored Silver badge

    The King of Fa

    We had a Failure Analysis branch, creatively named "FA" on org charts. A very well respected, highly competent, but slightly mischievous engineer took over the branch and titled himself "The King of Fa".

    When you entered his office for a consult, he would ceremoniously don a purple robe and crown, raise a staff (fountain pen) in welcome, and say in a booming voice, "Welcome, stranger! Please tell me, what is your FA KING PROBLEM?"

  13. RichardB

    I'd have thought the movie FAKK 2 might have some prior claim.

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