Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Eagles Sue Hotel California for Trademark Infringement; Hollywood Reporter, May 2, 2017

Ashley Cullins, Hollywood Reporter; Eagles Sue Hotel California for Trademark Infringement

""Through advertising targeted to U.S. consumers, and in-person communications, Defendants lead U.S. consumers to believe that the Todos Santos Hotel is associated with the Eagles and, among other things, served as the inspiration for the lyrics in 'Hotel California,' which is false," writes attorney Laura Wytsma.
"Hotel California" isn't just a hit song or the title of the Eagles' most successful album, it's the "essence of the band itself," Wytsma argues. Since the late '70s, the band has sold merchandise bearing the mark — everything from guitar picks to bathrobes to posters. (An application to register the trademark for merchandise is pending.)"

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