This blog is a collection of memes created by the Dump.fm community in February 2012, where the Solo Jazz meme originated. “Solo Jazz” has since gone “viral”, appropriated by many, but Dump.fm is where it all began. The concept of “Solo Jazz” as a meme belongs to everyone, and no one. In addition to memes, we have also made shirts, which we sold at-cost, meaning we made $0 from this meme (though others have definitely banked on it).
However, the “Solo Jazz” design is a trademark of Dart Container, which acquired the Solo Cup Company on May 4, 2012. This blog is not affiliated with Dart, nor with the Solo Cup Company, but a legal robot asked us to put this disclaimer here and change the URL of our blog so as not to cause “confusion”. Confused yet? Dart’s revenue in 2012 was over $2.4 billion dollars.
“Tumblr” is a blogging platform acquired by Yahoo for $1.1 billion dollars in 2013. Yahoo’s net income in 2015 was $-4.35 billion dollars (yes, a loss of billions of dollars). Tumblr is one more in a long line of “creative” companies acquired by Yahoo, with little goal or plan for the service beyond juicing it for all it is worth. Yahoo is well known for acquiring a similar company, Geocities, and then deleting the whole thing in 2009 with little warning. Yahoo is bound to do the same thing with Tumblr some day and they think you are too stupid to realize this.
Earlier this year, Yahoo was acquired by Verizon for $4.8 billion dollars, which likely explains this clampdown. Others are not so lucky - friends have had their entire blogs deleted with no warning - we’re talking eight years of content gone in an instant.
Please do not trust big companies with your culture. Learn HTML and make your own media. It’s what the web is all about.
Hey, guess what, this is super fucked up! For all the free publicity we’ve given Solo in the past 3+ years, for all of the increased sales of a 20+ year old cup design, for all of the notority we’ve brought to the name “Solo Jazz”, Solo/Dart want to punish us by stripping our blog of it’s identity.
Solo Jazz has been a meme for many years now, and, finally, Solo realized that they should capitalize on it. Instead of doing something sensible, like working with content creators (or even offering us some compensation for all the advertising), Solo has decided that the best move would be to tighten it’s grip over the IP, effectively killing the meme by making another piece of boring coperate garbage.
Solo Jazz, we hardly knew ye and at the same time, we knew ye so well. We basked in your nostalgia and reveled in the memories you brought us. We meme’d you in a million different ways. We put you in our art shows, wore you on our t-shirts, and briefly turned you into a bike helmet. We even found your designer and gave her the respect she was due! You weren’t a cup, or a design, you were a signifier for 90s nostalgia, a perfect example of the weird post-80’s pre-2000s design nonsense that filled our childhoods.
And finally, to Solo/Dart: