Everything You Need To Know About The Cocky Trademark Scandal

So if you've been following anything in Romancelandia online in the past two weeks, you will have surely heard about "Cocky Gate", the trademark scandal that while hilarious on the surface reflects deeper questions about trademark laws in the United States and the future of romance as a genre.

The makings of  #CockyGate happened long before I received the "Cease & Desist" letter that would spiral this scandal in the romance industry into the spotlight.

Here's the letter I received. I shared this screenshot on Twitter after hearing allegations from fellow authors that Faleena Hopkins claimed she was being "bullied" by authors after sending kind and respectful letters to them. Here's the exact text of the kind and respectful letter that I received:

This response blew up on Twitter and I received an outpouring of support from fellow authors and requests to buy my offending title: Cocky Cowboy.

However, due to the nature of the Cease & Desist email, I decided to err on the side of caution and unpublish my book Cocky Cowboy to avoid further action by Ms Hopkins.

This act was later portrayed as an attempt to be nefarious on my part but that was never my intention. In fact, despite being upset, I did agree to comply with Ms Hopkins request and was sure to request that she never contact me again:

In my haste, I made a slight error in this email and I actually had the idea in January 2017 and definitive plans to publish in March 2018 by the middle of the summer in 2017.

After my screenshot blew up on Twitter, authors and readers alike requested permission to buy my title, Cocky Cowboy. However, I am very cautious about possible Amazon terms of service violations so I knew I had to get the book up there under a different name.

This is how "The Cockiest Cowboy To Have Ever Cocked" came to be: 
 

You can find this title here on Amazon if you're interested: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B9MCHW7

This is identical in every way to my previous release except for the title and cover. It's an interracial romance story set in the Midwestern United States that has a little bit of a mystery element to the story. It's not your stereotypical bad boy romance in any way and as a Black author, my story centers around an African American woman.

My response to this controversy was not born out of spite but rather my belief that every negative situation has a positive side to it. Yes, it hurt to have to spend extra money on the cover, it hurt to no longer sell copies of my paperback book and of course, it hurt to see my hard work compromised because of someone else's accusations and to have me portrayed as nothing more than a copycat — which I am not! 

It's exceedingly common in this industry to have similar titles to other authors. One of my close friends in the writing world and I both published a book entitled "Father By Choice" for example and we both laughed it off. My title had come long after hers but I had completely forgotten. I had even promoted her book back then! She was another interracial romance author who didn't take it personally because this is so NORMAL. (By the way, my version of the book was recently published on audiobook and you can find it on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.)  

For most of us, a brand is more than a title and it's certainly more than a common word. At the end of the day, I bear no hard feelings towards anyone involved with this, but I do want to share my side of the story as I've done and I want to express my gratitude towards everyone in the indie community and in the romance reader community. Your support has done me a world of good in keeping me motivated and inspired to keep writing and to trust that I can connect with others. 

It hurts to be attacked and it hurts to have your integrity questioned but at the end of the day, I chose to make lemonade out of those lemons (just like Beyoncé taught me!) 

Here are some of the things said about me online from an author who I had never encountered before receiving the email first posted on this blog:

(Disclaimer: I haven't actually read these slam posts until today while making this post because I am not interested in their content. I did get someone to pick some funny parts for my book description for the relaunch, but until now I never read them in full.) 

I also want to share some great articles on the entire situation that give a holistic perspective on what happened. My story is important, but what's more important is how the rest of the romance community has banded together to share the truth and to support authors that have been affected.

Here are some articles that summarize the situation: 

https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/5/15/17339578/cockygate-explained-romance-publishing-faleena-hopkins

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/may/08/romantic-novelist-trademarking-of-word-cocky-fameela-hopkins

https://slate.com/culture/2018/05/cockygate-and-the-romance-writing-trademark-war.html

#COCKYGATE 2k18 (WILD RIDE) 👀

Here's the author page to one of the author authors affected, Tara Crescent: 

https://www.amazon.com/Tara-Crescent/e/B00FY426O0

I would like to thank all the journalists who reached out to me with such grace and politeness about the situation. I greatly appreciate the way you've handled the situation and your kindness when reaching out to me. Thank you so much. 

Here was my final Facebook post response to the subject which summarizes my final position on the situation: 

Thank you for reading through this and I hope you have a wonderful day. You can find me on social media on these social networks if you're interested in reading more of my work or staying in touch: 

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Complete Amazon Back Catalog – Jamila Jasper | BWWM Romance Author

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Here's my complete back catalog, available on Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, Google Play, and Nook. I also have most books available as a paperback version with even more audiobooks in production! 

All eBooks under $6! 

📱Stripped Bare – http://amzn.to/2tY0BZP

🎧Stripped Bare Audio: http://amzn.to/2y41ikg

 

📱Blue Eyed Hunk: https://amzn.to/2ImPUYd

📚Paperback: http://amzn.to/2D4zPVa

🎧Blue Eyed Hunk Audio: https://amzn.to/2KHDV5T

 

📱Father By Choice – http://amzn.to/2u3BpSy

🎧Father By Choice Audiobook: COMING SOON (in review) 

 

Becoming A Riccardi Series: 

(FREE)📱Mad Mafia Love – http://amzn.to/2sB0gbV

 

📱The Family Secret – http://amzn.to/2tTEJ1Y

📚Paperback: http://amzn.to/2DqUrE7

 

📱Out Of Bondage – http://amzn.to/2tTWqi7

📚Paperback: http://amzn.to/2FuXE6p

 

📱Ride A Cowboy – http://amzn.to/2u3igzY

 

📱Mad Mafia Love BOX SET – http://amzn.to/2tXQxzT

🎧Becoming A Riccardi Series (Complete Trilogy) Audio: http://amzn.to/2C5sdkU

 

📱Bound & Gagged – http://amzn.to/2tTeyIY

 

📱Race Traitor – http://amzn.to/2v1xPYU 

 

📱The Situationshiphttp://amzn.to/2v3Jiar

📚Paperback: http://amzn.to/2CV1hRg

🍎☕🇨🇦Universal Link: books2read.com/the-situationship

 

📱Gang Bangers: http://amzn.to/2fT0J7F

 

📱Cocked & Unsheathed: http://amzn.to/2w7F9lB

🎧Cocked & Unsheathed audio: http://amzn.to/2youwcM

 

📱Sleeping with the mafia: http://amzn.to/2jyYx6G

🍎☕🇨🇦Universal Link: books2read.com/sleepingwiththemafia

 

📱ANACONDA: http://amzn.to/2yA9ive

🎧ANACONDA audio: http://amzn.to/2EpSAQi

 

📱PYTHON: http://amzn.to/2z9ZlpG

🎧PYTHON audio: http://amzn.to/2CUxagd

 

📱MAMBA: http://amzn.to/2z9YZMY

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📱COBRA: http://amzn.to/2jzDv8q

🎧COBRA audio: http://amzn.to/2DaOtas

 

📱📚Extra Stuffing: http://amzn.to/2zl1POA

🍎☕🇨🇦Universal Link:  books2read.com/extra-stuffing

 

📱Wild Winter Lust: http://amzn.to/2C9NB3T

📚Paperback: http://amzn.to/2yvP42k

🍎☕🇨🇦 Universal Link: books2read.com/wildwinterlust

 

 

📱DUCHESS: http://amzn.to/2C0mQQP

🎧DUCHESS audio: https://amzn.to/2ILbu5j

 

📱Killer Love Amazon: http://amzn.to/2Dl4PfM

📚 Killer Love Paperback: http://amzn.to/2rqYJJk

 

📱SPANKED (Sexy Billionaire Dom #1): http://amzn.to/2E5GyOj

📱CLAIMED (Sexy Billionaire Dom #2): http://amzn.to/2C3wyVo

📱KISSED (Sexy Billionaire Dom #3) http://amzn.to/2FnES0O

📱TEASED (Sexy Billionaire Dom #4) http://amzn.to/2oG8AHo

📱OWNED (Sexy Billionaire Dom #5): https://amzn.to/2IVEkUf

📱FREED (Sexy Billionaire Dom #6): https://amzn.to/2IvHGKa

 

 

📱9-inch addiction: http://amzn.to/2GZF6M9

📚Paperback: http://amzn.to/2H175Ly

 

***THIS BOOK HAS SINCE BEEN REPUBLISHED AS "The Cockiest Cowboy To Have Ever Cocked"***

📱Cocky Cowboy Amazon: http://amzn.to/2G6cwIO

 

📱Beauty & The Biker Amazon: https://amzn.to/2GA28fn

📚Paperback: https://amzn.to/2uxgdFl

 

📱Royalty: https://amzn.to/2IROwJO

 

📱📚Silver Fox: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CHSMC28

 

📱Get Pucked: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CVNSPLR

📚Get Pucked Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1981000437

 

📱Mr. Too Big: https://amzn.to/2rSprYW

📚Mr. Too Big Paperback: https://amzn.to/2Izm7Ze

 

Kendra Queen Novels (BWWM HISTORICAL ROMANCE)

 

📱Love In The Jim Crow South: http://amzn.to/2ym2yyx

📱The Wolf's Captive: http://amzn.to/2D70NIL

📱Black Pearl Of Saint Domingue: http://amzn.to/2BpCpiM

📱Ridden Hard: http://amzn.to/2FhKuwe

📱Biker Lust: https://amzn.to/2jE1oZq

📱To Bed A Traitor: https://amzn.to/2KDhz4R

Dark Romance Books: Beauty & The Biker | Alpha Male MC Romance

alpha male bad boy bwwm romance novelY'all aren't ready. The BWWM romance novel I'll be publishing at the end of March is sizzling hot interracial romance deliciousness that you won't want to miss.

If you enjoy reading dark romance books with desirable alpha males, bad boys who make you swoon and strong black female heroes, you'll enjoy reading one of our top romance novels anticipated for the year.

Read the description below and then the first chapter FREE. 

Description:

Savage fighter. Ruthless leader. Icy blue eyes. 

My now ex-boyfriend lost me in a bet.

The winner? The ruthless leader of his rival motorcycle gang — Heath.

Heath is a cold-blooded killer, or so I’ve heard.

He expects total submission…

I don’t let anyone tell me what to do.

On the open road, I don’t have a choice.

I’m his. He won me fair and square.

And he won’t give me up without a fight.

Romance Novel Excerpt: Beauty & The Biker | Motorcycle Club Romance

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BWWM Books: Cocky Cowboy | Jamila Jasper

Howdy BWWM Books Lovers, hop in the saddle and let's skedaddle over to Omaha, Nebraska, the Western setting for my upcoming March release, what I expect to be one of my top romance novels of the year: COCKY COWBOY.

You've just become privy to a little secret and this is your first glimpse at not only the cover but a gripping free sample of the first chapter. Yeehaw! 

If you love interracial romance stories, or if you don't give a damn about color and you just want some hot cowboy action, this is the book for you. Check out the description and then check out this sample 100% free. When you're done reading the sample, share this page with your friends. 

If you share this with 100+ people (Facebook friends, Instagram followers, Twitter followers, ladies who lunch), email me jamilajasperromance@gmail.com for a FREEBIE! 

 

Description: 

This should have been easy.

Hiding out from my ex in Omaha while helping an old woman on her ranch.

One problem…

Her son Kurt O’Connor.

I should have known better than to get involved.

He’s tall, a pillar of muscle, icy blue eyes… and cocky as h*ll! 

He doesn’t just want my body. 

He wants all of me. 

I must resist.

This is a romance novel between a 45 + year old black woman and a hot alpha male! 

If you think you're in for a wild ride… You're 100% right! 

Cocky Cowboy by Jamila Jasper | Romance Novel Excerpt 

 

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Romance Novel Excerpts: 9-Inch Addiction by Jamila Jasper

Romance novel excerpts here give you a preview of what's to come, but this free sample is just the beginning of the action in this ultra-steamy interracial romance novel. If you're a BWWM (swirl romance) fan with a taste for HOT alpha male billionaires and confident black women who can stand up for themselves, you'll enjoy this read.

Make sure you sign up for my FREE mailing list at the end of this email to stay tuned for the release. At launch, this book will be available for 0.99 cents for a limited time and you could miss the deal if you aren't subscribed. 

OK let's hop into it.

DESCRIPTION: 

“I make the rules around here… And you’ll do well to listen to them.” 

CHUCK

My father’s brown-skinned CFO thinks she’s my boss.

I’ll have her bent over her desk begging for more before she knows what hit her.

If anyone finds out about my intentions with her, I’ll be out on street and shipped off back to London.

But I can keep a secret…

I bet she can too with these come-hither brown eyes that she can’t keep off me.

Nobody says no to Chuck Banks.

It’s only a matter of time before she’s MINE.

IDA

My boss thinks I have nothing better to do than look after his son.

Chuck Banks is the type of guy that put me off dating forever…

He’s arrogant…

Demanding…

Bossy…

And one of the only men on the East Coat who can close a $50 million dollar deal at a 100% success rate.

We need him here.

I’m keeping my distance, but I have a feeling he’s trying his hardest to get closer.

Too close, and the career I’ve worked so hard for will come crumbling around me.

I can’t let this happen.

Romance Novel Excerpts: 9-Inch Addiction

 

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BWWM Romance On Audio Book | Jamila Jasper Interracial Romance Audio Collection

If you enjoy a gentle, calm female voice reading to you, you'll enjoy my collection of interracial romance novels, novellas and short stories on audio. Zoe Cox, my talented narrator is still working like a maniac behind the scenes to bring 100% of my titles to audiobook for you.

The complete collection is listed below for your convenience. 

Bookmark this page so you can come back to it. I'll update as soon as new audiobooks are available so you'll always have this "quick stop" when you're looking for fresh books to listen to.

Take the plunge >>>>

 

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Complete List Of Full-Length BWWM Paperbacks By Jamila Jasper | Interracial Romance Collectors Rejoice!

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Welcome to my master list of BWWM romance novels I have published as Paperbacks. I'll give you the direct link to buying Jamila Jasper on Paperback. All paperback books are 5"x8" so that your collection has a portable, uniform look.

"Bookmark" this page as I'll update it often as I work on expanding my catalog to have a further reach.

The list will take you from "most recent" to least recent releases. If you have a book that you want to see as a paperback that isn't currently available, COMMENT on this post.

I take my customers wants seriously and aim to make reading my books a comfortable and easy experience for you.

Read more to get all the links you need in one convenient location >>>>>

Complete Paperback Collection by Jamila Jasper 

 

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Nook, Kobo, iBooks, Google Play BWWM Book List | Published Wide Interracial Romance

Hey everyone, this is my master list of BWWM romance novels I have published WIDE. Beneath each book, I will list which platform each book is available on for your convenience. "Bookmark" this page as I'll update it often as I work on expanding my catalog to have a further reach.

The list will take you from "most recent" to least recent releases. If you have a book that you want to see on a non-Amazon platform that isn't available, COMMENT on this post. I take my customers wants seriously and aim to make reading my books a comfortable and easy experience for you.

 

Read more to get all the links you need in one convenient location >>>>>

 

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