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Band Involved in Legal Struggle After Name Trademarked Without Their Permission

Because of a trademark registration – which happened in 2015 without the consent or knowledge of the band – the original Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band are no longer able to record an album or perform a concert under their own name.

A red curtain closed across a stage.
Curtain closed for bands affected by the trademark loophole. Photo credit: Shutterstock

The band are challenging the decision to grant the trademark, and are hoping that their case can be used to close the current legal loophole in the UK’s Trademark Laws so that future artists will not face the same issues.

On top of this, the band are facing a lawsuit by the trademark owner, asserting that the bands attempt to win back their name amounts to a fraudulent conspiracy.

The MU encourages all bands to trademark their names from the outset, see our page on creating an identity for further advice.

A number of MPs are backing the band’s call to change the law, so that trademark applicants have to provide clear evidence of ownership when they register the name of a band.

The band, who have been unable to work for the past two years, are currently crowdfunding to cover the costs involved in dealing with this issue.

Please visit the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band’s Crowd Justice page for more information on the band’s campaign, and to make a pledge towards the money needed to cover their legal costs.


Published: 04/07/2019
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