Big Legal Battles Over Rights in Bands' Names

Mar 17, 2018

12:30pm – 1:30pm CT

From The Slants to The Doors and numerous other music groups, litigation over rights in band names is a common recurring music industry issue. The Slants’ case resulted in a groundbreaking U.S. Supreme Court decision on trademark rights in controversial band names. A pending dispute involving “Jefferson Starship” offers a cautionary tale that dates back to the music group’s predecessor “Jefferson Airplane." This SXSW CLE presentation discusses the legal framework for securing band-name rights among group members and as to management companies, record labels and other third parties; the impact of state and federal laws; and how hot-button issues in famous band-name lawsuits have been resolved.

[Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.]

Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.

Stan Soocher

University of Colorado Denver

Details

Primary Entry:
Music Badge
Platinum Badge
Film Badge
Interactive Badge
Format:

Panel

Type:

Session

Track:

CLE

Level:

Advanced