Federal Judge: Greenville Man Must Take Down ECU Trademark Infringement Website

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

A federal judge ruled the website healthypirates.com must be taken down after East Carolina University sued over trademark infringement.

The ruling says Roy Hopkins Jr. of Greenville can not use the term "pirates," any skull and crossbones logo, any other logo, or the colors purple and gold, in a manner that is confusingly similar to ECU's logos and color scheme. Hopkins also must transfer the domain name registration "healthypirates.com" and pay the university's costs and attorneys' fees of more than $36,000. Hopkins has 30 days to comply.

Last April, the university sued Roy Hopkins, Jr. claiming trademark infringement, cyberpiracy and unfair competition.

Senior Associate University attorney Paul Zigas says "Healthy Pirates" has been used for at least 10 years by an ECU student-organization that promotes health and wellness.

WITN contacted Roy Hopkins Jr. and he says he has no comment at this time.


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  • by Hombre' on Feb 26, 2012 at 05:46 PM
    Just a matter of time before people start sueing people for having the same name.
  • by really!?! on Feb 25, 2012 at 08:21 PM
    On his new pro fitness website he claims that "discipline" is something he lives by....yet he has 6 pending charges in 2 different counties for resisting arrest, assualt on govt official, and drunk & disruptive. How is that "discipline" working for you? Go look for yourself....
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      by Anonymous on Feb 27, 2012 at 07:52 AM in reply to really!?!
      Roid rage, maybe?
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      by Anonymous on Feb 27, 2012 at 01:57 PM in reply to really!?!
      yes, I agree check that record and see what a great guy this "business" man is....
  • by Bull on Feb 25, 2012 at 05:49 PM
    That is such bull. I bet it would not even be a problem if it was a fitness place in any other city or state. ECU does own the rights to all things pirates or color pallets only the ECU logo and seal.
  • by Tim Location: GVL on Feb 25, 2012 at 05:09 PM
    I don't understand why SIGNWORKS is allowed to use the logo that they do. Hope Roy has learned his lesson
  • by john Location: farmville on Feb 25, 2012 at 04:37 PM
    i was not aware that ecu owned the colors purple and gold and also the skull ! i remember seeing all of those when i was a little kid and that was 60 years ago .
  • by Citizen Location: Greenville on Feb 25, 2012 at 04:07 PM
    Why is a Federal Judge sticking his nose into a local problem? Isn't a State Judge good enough. So a high school with the same colors has to change.
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      by Troy on Feb 28, 2012 at 01:28 PM in reply to Citizen
      Copyright infringement is a federal law and not a state law. A state judge cannot try a federal law.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 25, 2012 at 02:39 PM
    I guess being self employed is the only to be employed when you have been arrested as many times as he has.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 27, 2012 at 01:54 PM in reply to
      You Nailed IT!
  • by The Original ENC Location: enc on Feb 25, 2012 at 12:01 PM
    Parkers BBQ is currently selling a purple and gold shirt, with a Pirate that reads "Pirates love Parkers"...is ECU going to go after them?
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      by Purple piggy on Feb 25, 2012 at 01:33 PM in reply to The Original ENC
      Nope, too many ECU big wigs that eat there.
  • by Bob on Feb 25, 2012 at 09:13 AM
    doesn't ECU have its own staff attorneys, probably so. Why would this guy have to pay for their "Attorney's fees" when they would be paid for their work anyway..
  • by Missing the point Location: Greenville on Feb 25, 2012 at 08:54 AM
    When you go to incorporate a business, you search to see if anyone else has the name. Don't worry RoyHop, you are in good company with UHS. They did the same thing and have dozens of attorneys who screwed them. Sadly, if he had worked collaboratively with ECU and sought their permission this would have never been a case. And no, I don't go to his "gym". He is just one of those people who strikes the majority of folks the wrong way....A Legend is his own mind. Live and learn, Roy Boy.
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