The battle of the Kylies finished this week as Kylie (no surname required) won legal ownership of her name against Kylie Jenner – of Keeping Up With The Kardashians and something to do with using a glass to make pouty lips (?).
In February 2016, the Australian songstress objected to Kylie Jenner’s attempt to trademark the name ‘Kylie’, with her legal team referring to Jenner as a “secondary reality television personality” and herself as an “internationally renowned performing artist, humanitarian and breast cancer activist.”
It’s not the first time celebrities and bands have had legal fisticuffs over a name. Here are a few we remember:
Nirvana vs Nirvana
The 1967 UK psychedelic band Nirvana reformed in 1985, and promptly sued the American Nirvana when Nevermind blew up in 1991. An out-of-court settlement for an undisclosed sum ensured both bands could continue to use the name.
Fleetwood Mac vs Fleetwood Mac
So, your band has left your eager management clutches and your cashcow is gone? Oh, what to do? Easy! Get a bunch of musos who look a bit like your old band to perform their hits and use the name to sell shows, while your original band is overseas. This is exactly what Fleetwood Mac manager Clifford Davis did in 1969, though ‘Fakewood Mac’ were quickly unmasked. He still made a few quid doing it!
Iggy vs Iggy
Iggy Azalea had her lawyers inform distribution company Vivid Entertainment that she holds trademark over the name ‘Iggy’, so they couldn’t release any sex tape that may or may not feature her. However James Osterberg, founder of The Stooges, sometime Bowie collaborator and all round music legend has been using the name since professionally since 1968.
Manitoba vs Handsome Dick Manitoba
Canadian electronic artist Dan Snaith thought his music was pretty distinct from the punk of The Dictators’ Handsome Dick Manitoba, so he figured he’d be safe from lawyers. He was wrong; Dick the Dictator promptly sued him and he had to change his name to ‘Caribou’. The Governor of the massive Canadian province of Manitoba had no comment.
Raconteurs vs Raconteurs
In 2006 Jack White of The White Stripes formed one of his many offshoot acts, dubbing them The Raconteurs. “Not so fast,” replied the Queensland band of the same name. White offered the Aussies a sum to change their name, but they turned it down, later claiming they didn’t know who was asking. White changed his band name to The Sabouteurs for Australia only.
Words by Jonathan Alley