The legal dispute between Steve Perry and his former bandmates over the trademarks of his songs

The members of classic rock group Journey are in a tense copyright legal battle over the registration of trademarks under the name of some of the band’s most memorable hits. Former frontman Steve Perry took issue with current business practices, filing a lawsuit seeking cancellation of trademark registrations made by Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain in 2020.

As revealed by Ultimate Classic Rock, Perry filed the petition alleging that the two members, who are current trademark holders of more than 20 songs, applied for their registration a couple of years ago through their company Freedom JN LLC for use in marketing. of hats, t-shirts, sports jackets and other merchandise, something with which he did not agree. The lawsuit states that some agreements were violated that did not have “prior written consent of all partners in each case.”

The case was brought before the US Patent and Trademark Office on September 11, arguing the violations that Freedom JN LLC infringed in order to invalidate these 20 registrations. “No member may authorize, approve or disapprove any use or exploitation, or grant or license any rights in the group compositions, in whole or in part, (including, without limitation, the titles thereof) in connection with any product or otherwise, without the prior, written and unanimous consent of all the partners”, he points out.

And while Perry accuses his two former colleagues of “trademark office fraud”, Schon has responded via Facebook, in which he refers to the situation as “a total load of bullshit”, rescuing the alleged attempt to ” corporate coup” by fellow former members Ross Valory and Steve Smith, leading to their expulsion in 2020.

“They all knew at the time that I had been investigating our [marcas] for years trying to get to the bottom of all the corruption as we found out (my wife and I) that there had never been [registrado] nothing apart from our music,” Schon wrote. “Everyone went for a takeover and it didn’t work out. Very easy”. The guitarist argued his decision under the premise of “protecting everything we had built”, because, apparently, the group had been “scammed from the beginning”.

The petition lists the following issues to re-evaluate in the trademark registration: ‘Good Morning Girl’, ‘Only the Young’, ‘Trial By Fire’, ‘Any Way You Want It’, ‘Stay Awhile’, ‘Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin”, ‘Wheel in the Sky’, ‘ Raised on Radio’, ‘When You Love a Woman’, ‘Open Arms’, ‘Still They Ride’, ‘Who’s Crying Now’, ‘Hopelessly in Love’, ‘Send Her My Love’, ‘After the Fall’, ‘ Girl Can’t Help It’, ‘Ask the Lonely’, ‘I’ll Be Alright Without You’, ‘Stone in Love’ Y ‘Separate Ways’.

Journey maintains a history of numerous conflicts, both administrative and between its members. Earlier this year, the band delivered Freedom, their first album since 2011 featuring Schon, Cain, vocalist Arnel Pineda, bassist Randy Jackson and drummer Narada Walden. In July of this year, Schon stated that he was rekindling his friendship with Perry, but that a musical comeback was not in the plans, despite not being ruled out as part of a 50th anniversary celebration of the band. band.

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