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Former Band Members Still Less Than 'Sublime,' Court Rules

The THR, Esq. blog wrote this week about an interesting case in Los Angeles involving one of my favorite bands, Sublime.

Bradley Nowell, the band's lead singer, died in 1996 of a drug overdose. For many years, the remaining band members continued to perform as the "Long Beach Dub Allstars," but they recently attempted to revive the Sublime name after they brought on a new lead singer.

Lou_Dog As noted by THR Esq., the attempt did not go over well with Nowell’s family, which filed a trademark infringement suit on Oct. 21 in federal court in Los Angeles. The family wrote on the band's MySpace page that, "Prior to his untimely passing, both Bud and Eric acknowledged that Brad Nowell was the sole owner of the name Sublime. It was Brad's expressed intention that no one use the name Sublime in any group that did not include him, and Brad even registered the trademark 'Sublime' under his own name." On Tuesday, a federal judge agreed with the family, and issued an injunction that will likely block the band from using the “Sublime” name and trademark in almost any fashion (live performances, recordings, clothing, posters, Internet domain names and so on).

The band issued a statement saying it hopes to work on a "business solution" to the issue so that "the music of Sublime can live on and be accessible to everyone." As you can see from the graphic now on the band's Web site featuring the famous Lou-Dog (above), they're still not that happy about the whole thing.

Here is Sublime's "Doin' Time":

Posted by Bruce Carton on November 5, 2009 at 01:35 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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