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I am a member of a name band which has an original member

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I am a member of a `name ` band which has an original member in it who started the band in 1964. The drummer who has only been with the band for 10 years formed a limited company the band name using the band`s name but he did not register the band`s name as a trade mark and the original member has pror use of this name having been using it for 30 years. The drummer is now threatening to stop the band using the name although it is not registerd as a trade mark by him or anyone else. I would like to know the legal position before we spend money on it.

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Alex Watts : Is there any group agreement in writing please?

There is not a any group agreement in writing, The leader and Founder of the band who is still performing with it started the band in 1964.and he is the one most associated with the band.


There is no agreement in writing.

Alex Watts :

Ok - well its good news

Alex Watts :

If you have evidence that it has been used since 1964 it makes no difference if this new drummer has set up a Limited Company

Alex Watts :

You can't be infringing on that name, because you were using it before the Company was set up

Alex Watts :

So if you have evidence you can write back and say that he is talking twaddle

Alex Watts :

If you had set up the band AFTER the Company had been set up that would be a different matter

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But you set up the band before, so he can take no action

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