LazyLightnin wrote:HAHA! thats cool as fuck! i personally like Dead Ahead paraplegic! no offense to any paraplegics out there
practically every combination of associated terms and wordings has already been used. man, it took too long to form this band - ive been at this for 4 years, finally got everyone on the same page and then come to find out that the biggest challenge is producing a band name congruent to our style and genre. everytime we come up with something a search turns up 1-3 bands already employing the name. one thing that i don't see though is any of these groups having issues or squabbles over the discrepancy.
LazyLightnin wrote:incredibly hard to write music anymore - so much original music has been written and you find yourself playing a chord progression thats already been used or sounds to close to something else - hell, George Harrison was sued for plagarism.
tcsned wrote:I play in a band called The Kind in Blacksburg, VA - we've been using the name since 1986 - there have been a bunch of others to use the name though as best I can tell we were the first - we are certainly the oldest survivors. I have been in contact with a couple of others and they were all cool folks and no bad vibes or anything. We did get some hassling letter from some business in VA Beach some years ago that was using the name but it went nowhere - they actually asked us to play a gig for them. Being the geniuses we were and being somewhat anarchist we never copyrighted the name. Never even crossed our minds.
Does anyone know how the copyright laws work for band names? Is it the same as most intellectual property where copyrights are good to have but not 100% necessary i.e. you can post a picture on the internet with no copyright but it is still legally your property and people can't just use it without permission? But that's a different animal than a band name. We've never been hassled by another band nor have any intentions of doing that to anyone else. We play for money but it's now pretty much of a just for fun thing - just wondering in case one of these other bands gets ornery.
Mick wrote:A band name is intellectual property like anything else. Whether you register your name or not, you are entitled to copyright protection. However, there is a "burden of proof" advantage to Trademarking your name. If I was playing in a band called "The Kind", and I thought you had stolen my name, the burden of proof would be on me to show that you had. However, if I trademark the name, then the burden of proof would be on you to prove that you had been using the name prior to my registration. There is a lot of "blah blah blah" above, but that is basically what it all boils down to.
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