Black Flag Sues Flag Over Logo Use

Part of the court filing

How punk rock is that!?!

Yes, folks — guitarist Greg Ginn, who is touring as Black Flag — claims the touring band Flag, which boasts Keith Morris, Dez Cadena, Chuck Dukowski and Bill Stevenson, is infringing Black Flag’s rights, owned by him and his label, SST Records.

The suit claims Ginn and SST Records exclusively own the rights to the Black Flag name (and “Flag” variation) and the band’s infamous logo, which Flag have been using on tour.
The suit, filed Friday, seeks an injunction against Flag’s current tour, which kicked off in May.

The filing characterizes the alleged infringement of the logo and name “Flag” as “a colorable imitation” that’s “likely to cause confusion, mistake or deception among consumers.”

That’s what every copyright lawsuit basically claims.

Ginn’s suit claims Garfield and Morris lied on forms filed with the trademark office on registrations, among other things.

Also named as a defendant is Henry Rollins, Black Flag’s best known former member, Henry Rollins.

Not sure how that makes any sense, but this is all very un-punk.

I hope Ginn doesn’t sue the dude who made that pink and red Black Flag logo meme, in support of gay rights. That’d be ultra-whack.

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