Hamilton band Arkells faced a strange trademark claim

By Nathan Sager

Published December 1, 2021 at 20.13

Arkells appeared on BellMedia platforms on Friday when they were revealed as break players for next month’s Gray Cup in Hamilton. (BellMedia image)

The Arkells laugh at a likely dubious trademark claim, a week and a half from starring on the Gray Cup halftime show in Hamilton.

It’s obvious that the commercials on BellMedia channels, which are enjoying the band’s performance on December 12, have expanded their influence beyond its ordinary reach. Arkells’ Twitter account shared that they were sent messages from a person named Ron Kells – as in “R. Kells” – arguing that the band’s name is too reminiscent of theirs.

Written in letters it reads: “My name is Ron Kells and we all have a problem with the name of your band and the rights to it, grab me before the half time show starts, seriously.”

One sequel adds: “You have all noticed that YOU ARE NOT PERMITTED TO DO THIS UNDER MY NAME.” The Gray Cup, named after a Governor-General of the early 20th century, is misspelled “Gray”.

Of course, legal and preferred names are not covered by trademark or copyright laws in either the United States or Canada. And the band members, including lead singer Max Kerman, adopted the name after living on Arkell Street in West Hamilton during mid-aughts.

There are famous bands that are named after a live person. Perhaps most notably, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s original lineup chose their name as a reference to their high school teacher, named Leonard Skinner.

It costs about $ 1,500 to $ 2,000 to brand a band name in Canada when a performer pays all the necessary fees in each province where they plan to bring their music to market. A search process usually determines if there are potential conflicts.

In the 1990s, it led to units of works by the British band Bush being sold under the name “Bush X”. A 1970s vintage band called Bush had the Canadian rights at the time.

In any case, the victim Ron Kells has inspired a parody on Twitter.

insauga’s editorial standards and policies advertising

Follow us on Google News

Disclaimers for mcutimes.com

All the information on this website - https://mcutimes.com - is published in good faith and for general information purpose only. mcutimes.com does not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability, and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information you find on this website (mcutimes.com), is strictly at your own risk. mcutimes.com will not be liable for any losses and/or damages in connection with the use of our website.

Give a Comment