Ripped from the headlines• A Los Angeles judge has shut down an effort by former members of the ska-punk band Sublime to perform under the name.– Trademark lawsuit brought by the estate of frontman Bradley Nowell, who died of a drug overdose in 1996.• Surviving band members have continued to perform – first under the name “Long Beach Dub Allstars” - but recently they revived the “Sublime” name when they recruited a new lead vocalist.
(From RATT to Sublime …)• Family: "It was Brad's expressed intention that no one use the name Sublime in any group that did not include him, and Brad even registered the trademark 'Sublime' under his own name.“– Judge Howard Matz has agreed with the family, issuing an injunction citing the estate's likelihood of prevailing on its trademark claim.
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Question from a classmate• In our last class, you raised the question of Blaustein's experience in the film industry and his being a prominent producer.– Should the court have perhaps been less sympathetic to his case because of his success as a producer, as in, he should have known better how the industry worked and have taken precautions?– Or that because he wasn't a naive, unsophisticated party, the Burtons must have seriously breached some kind of contract if it drove someone like Blaustein to bring a suit against them?