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Black Flag Co-Founder Sues Henry Rollins And Former Bandmates

Written by Tom Williams on August 4, 2013

Though it’s taken a while, the two current iterations of iconic Californian hardcore punk band Black Flag are now locked in a legal battle over copyright infringement issues. Black Flag co-founder Greg Ginn has filed a lawsuit against his former bandmates Dez Cadena, Keith Morris, Bill Stevenson and Chuck Dukowski, who now move as FLAG, as well as former frontman Henry Rollins.

FLAG is fronted by original Black Flag frontman Keith Morris, and Ginn’s band are now performing under the band’s original name and fronted by Morris’ replacement, Ron Reyes. Former Black Flag member Henry Rollins has been named as a defendant in the case, but has not been involved in either ‘reunion’.

The Hollywood Reporter has combed the suit put forward by Ginn and his label, SST Records, revealing that the plaintiffs hope to establish that the band name and logo used by FLAG are “a colorable imitation…likely to cause confusion, mistake or deception among consumers.”

According to the case notes, Ginn has also accused Rollins and Morris of:

“Lying to the Trademark Office on registrations; using his own label’s record covers to feign as though they’ve been continuing to use Black Flag since 1979, and in an what’s alleged to be an act of ‘outrageous fraud,’ using bootleg SST t-shirts in an attempt to show they’ve been making such products in that time.”

Ginn is also seeking an injunction to stop the FLAG tour which started in May, and continues through FYF Fest in late August and Fun Fun Fun Fest in early November. His own Black Flag, however, continue to tour the US, and will hit Aussie shores this November as part of the Hits and Pits 2.0 Festival.

(Via Consequence Of Sound)

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