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Old 09-29-2014, 08:50 PM
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Default When you find another band exists with the same name as yours...

...do you change your band name?

Or do you live by the philosophy of Michael Bolton in Office Space.

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Old 09-29-2014, 09:01 PM
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Default Re: When you find another band exists with the same name as yours...

Challenge them to a Star Trek duel. Each of you gets a weapon with a blade on one end and a giant Hershey's Kiss on the other. Purple sashes are optional.

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Old 09-29-2014, 09:01 PM
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Step 1: Hurry up and record something and send it into the copyright office. Boom, you own the name.

Step 2: Send cease and desist letter to the other band. Why should you have to change your name, they're the ones who suck.

Step 3: Get famous, tour the world, make boatloads of money, bang groupies, develop a heroin addiction, go to rehab, make a comeback album, die at 27 in a pool of your own vomit and feces.
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Old 09-29-2014, 09:15 PM
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Challenge them to a Star Trek duel. Each of you gets a weapon with a blade on one end and a giant Hershey's Kiss on the other. Purple sashes are optional.
I prefer the Beat-It duel.

Each participant gets a Sharpie marker. You duct-tape their left hands together and play the solo from Michael Jackson's "Beat-it" on a boom-box.

There's usually a clear and uncontested winner.

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The important part of this being that the vomit and feces are in-fact "your own", and not someone else's.
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Old 09-29-2014, 09:18 PM
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Default Re: When you find another band exists with the same name as yours...

Or you could be playing for years under your name until a record company, lawyers, and lies (long story, short) take your name.

I played with a member of the U.S. band, and original "Asia". They got screwed.
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Old 09-29-2014, 11:57 PM
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Default Re: When you find another band exists with the same name as yours...

Back in the old days, you never found out that you and another band had the same name until one of you hit it big and then the other one did. now we have the internet.

Stupid internet, ruining everything with its widespread availability of global knowledge!
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Old 09-30-2014, 11:48 AM
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Possession is 9/10s of the law. Of course, in this case, you both possess the name. Don't let lawyers ruin it for you though, you could wind up breaking up in a year or two and it'll just be a can of worms that you wish you didn't open when you get hit with the bill. Best idea is to try and make it big and get signed to a label, in which case the label will take care of the issue for you. No point doing it on your own, I find that about as idiotic as bands producing albums on their own and then releasing it for free on the internet when they find no one's buying it.
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Old 09-30-2014, 12:01 PM
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I like Michael's approach. Why should we have to change it? They're the ones who suck.


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LOL. Yeah, not quite mate.

It's a clever saying that may well protect you from having to hand the remote control over to your missus. But it definitely ain't a legal principle. In fact, I reckon there is more chance of making it big and being signed by a label than there is of this one holding up in court.
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I find that about as idiotic as bands producing albums on their own and then releasing it for free on the internet when they find no one's buying it.
What? Dude, 1985 called they want their business model back! If you are in a band in 2014 waiting for a label to sign you, you might as well wait for Santa to bring you a record deal. Self production and distribution is the best option in todays music world. With the availability of recording software and internet distribution you would be a fool to sign your life away to a record label.

Sorry to hi-jack the thread. Back to your regularly scheduled program.
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Old 09-30-2014, 05:04 PM
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I'm sure there are a few bands out there with the name Bob's Garage (our band's name). Thanks to the internet, I know this for a fact. I don't think anyone cares much until one of the bands become famous. Then there may be some issues. I certainly don't care, We'll just call it Bob's Garage of Orange County or something like that.

My other bands doesn't even have a name. Everything we come up with is either too silly or has already been thought of for the most part. I call it the Nowhere Band. We were called Strain, but found out there is already a band around Toronto with that name, so we dropped it and stopped playing gigs. Mostly it's a jam band where the same 3 people (me and 2 guitarists) show up every Tuesday & Thursday with various other Bass players and Keyboard players and drummers who show up to jam with us. We used to play gigs, but one of the guitarists (the leader in a way) decided he doesn't want to play covers anymore and doesn't want to gig until he feels we're ready to. Hence the nickname Nowhere Band.
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The important part of this being that the vomit and feces are in-fact "your own", and not someone else's.
You can't really dust for vomit.
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Old 09-30-2014, 09:18 PM
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Sorry, The Fratellis is already taken, would you like The Fratellis2?
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Old 09-30-2014, 10:42 PM
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Sorry, The Fratellis is already taken, would you like The Fratellis2?
Coming this summer: The Fratellis 2. This time, it's personal.
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Possession is 9/10s of the law. Of course, in this case, you both possess the name. Don't let lawyers ruin it for you though, you could wind up breaking up in a year or two and it'll just be a can of worms that you wish you didn't open when you get hit with the bill. Best idea is to try and make it big and get signed to a label, in which case the label will take care of the issue for you. No point doing it on your own, I find that about as idiotic as bands producing albums on their own and then releasing it for free on the internet when they find no one's buying it.
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Old 10-01-2014, 12:38 AM
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Default Re: When you find another band exists with the same name as yours...

Change your personal name around a bit...

And at the end of your rearranged name add one of the following

quintet
trio
set
singers
group
groove
thing
quorum
quartet
think tank
crew
squad
etc..... ect...... etc.....

name your group after a famous painting with the add-on at the end

Mono Lisa's Groove

or after the punch line of an old tired joke...

the possibilities are endless.

I've had three groups that had cool names and now... thanks to Facebook I was able to see that those names are being used by other groups (like minded no doubt).
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Old 10-01-2014, 02:28 AM
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And at the end of your rearranged name add one of the following
My favorite is when US bands add "UK" to the end of their band name.
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Old 10-01-2014, 02:44 AM
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Why don't you add .com or .org to the end of the name? This would be excellent if the band name has not been taken as a domain name.

You could have a name like:

OrgyOfDeath.org

Great name for a wedding band.
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Old 10-01-2014, 02:23 PM
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not sure what I would do but I came across this situation recently. I searched a local band I wanted to check out and under google, their name came up in five other states for bands. I thought it was a good name so I can see why its been used before.
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Old 10-01-2014, 10:48 PM
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Old 10-02-2014, 05:40 PM
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Amusingly we find ourselves in just this situation today. Im in a band called WYATT, and we are not used to all the fb stuff, and after less than a day on fb (though already a hundred likes in that time as we have a very large and loyal fanbase) we get contacted by some canadian band saying they own the WYATT band name and as they are signed we should change our name.... in the end we just changed it to WYATT band UK and they seem satisfied.
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I'd imagine this happens way more frequently than people realize.

My current band has been together for 11 years and releasing music on some level for at least seven of those. There's another band in Oregon made up of some older guys who have probably been using the same name for even longer. As far as I can tell, their released output doesn't predate ours though. Either way there was a punk band in the late 70s with the same name.

This hasn't even been an issue until we distributed the bands last album to itunes, amazon, spotify, ect and we often get gelled together as the same band in each stores' search engines. If those outlets don't have a technical function in place to separate us. we can always use lower case letters like we do on flyers.

My take on it is best of luck to both of us. We have the first three pages of search engine hits with a tiny bit of SEO and without paying Google a dime, so I feel like we must be the more proactive group. I think our people understand the branding enough to know which album they meant to buy. If the other guys started gaining some traction we'd probably take a bow and rename. I'd hope they felt the same way as well.
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Old 10-08-2014, 01:55 PM
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Default Re: When you find another band exists with the same name as yours...

About the "9/10s of the law" (nine points)... I was being sarcastic, but the no-smiley/tongue poking out smiley ettiquette on this forum kept me from being so forceful with it. Would have ruined the sarcasm for sure too.
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