The Gauntlet is basically Rammstein’s unofficial Web site. The Gauntlet breaks all the Rammstein news as far as I am concerned, and today was no fucking different, when word surfaced that the German industrial metal act had won a lawsuit — probably filed by the band’s management — against those losers in Apocalyptica.
According to The Gauntlet’s report, the suit stems from an advertising campaign launched in Germany to promote the throwaway Finnish cellist outfit’s 2007 LP Worlds Collide. Of course, Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann is a featured vocalist on the album and Apocalyptica’s people seemingly decided to place a sticker across the cover of ever copy of Worlds Collide reading “…featuring Rammstein.”
That’s fucking weird. Well, last week, Apocalyptica were ordered to pay Rammstein $45,000 Euros, and Rammstein’s suit — which was filed in Germany — sought damaged for trademark infringement.
Apparently, the band never authorized the placement of the stickers on the albums, nor did they like the way that the album was being promoted in magazines and on poster ads: “…featuring Rammstein.” No, it was the lead singer of Rammstein, dickwads — not Rammstein. While I am not a fan of the band, I do feel that it was fucked up of Apocalyptica to do Rammstein like that, and it’s good such action was taken. Think of all of the Rammstein fans in Germany who bought the album because they thought Rammstein contributed to the disc — that’s fucking false advertising, dude.
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