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Bon Jovi Prepares Legal Action Against Cover Band

The website Undercover.com.au has reported the following about apparent legal action from Bon Jovi against a cover band titled Blonde Jovi:

A legal letter from the law firm Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman to the girl group Blonde Jovi has surfaced and states, “It has recently come to our attention that your band is using the mark and name BLONDE JOVI in connection with live musical performances; more specifically, a Bon Jovi tribute band. Our investigation also uncovered that you are using BJP’s “Heart and Dagger” Logo trademark prominently on your website. Unfortunately, and despite the fact that our client appreciates the reverence that your band pays tribute to Bon Jovi, as a tribute band, our client nevertheless is charged with the duty of enforcing its trademark rights. In this regard, BJP cannot allow your band to use the mark and name BLONDE JOVI (or any other BJP trademarks), as such use creates a likelihood of confusion with our client, and capitalizes on the goodwill and reputation of its well-known marks."

Blonde Jovi issued the following statement about changing their name after receiving the letter:

"Due to threatened legal action by Jon Bon Jovi's attorneys, we will be changing our name. The name BLONDE JERSEY is temporary, until we come up with a new one. If you have any name suggestions, please email us! Nothing containing JOVI, or anything similar to JOVI may be used so BLONDE GIOVI, BLONDE JOE V, BLONDE JOVIE, are not options. Thanks for your support!

"To clarify: Our name for the past year & a half has been BLONDE JOVI. We have temporarily changed it to BLONDE JERSEY until we figure something out.

"Too bad we didn't go with our original name idea of BOOB JOVI!"

Source: Undercover.com.au

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1. dmasa writes:

f*** bon jovi

# Apr 5, 2009 @ 2:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. bbristowe writes:

What a prick.

# Apr 5, 2009 @ 2:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. BoltThrower writes:

Bon Jovi vs. a blade of grass: a blade of grass wins!

If a blade of grass can take Bon Jovi down, I'm sure a group of girls can.

# Apr 5, 2009 @ 3:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. btbamfav20 writes:

that's f***ing bullsh**. his music sucks, and he realizes that someone other than him is actually doing well. he's jealous that his tribute band is better than him lol what a fag

Now listening to: Lateralus - Tool

# Apr 5, 2009 @ 4:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. brandedcfh420 writes:

WELL, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM A HAS BEEN? SPENT UP ALL HIS MONEY

# Apr 5, 2009 @ 4:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. brandedcfh420 writes:

dam hit enter too early. the rest was....he spent his money up and now wants to sue someone who actually is giving him a tribute! what a fukin joke bon jovi was and now is! how many fans does this band have left anyways? 1, 10? wuhahahahaha...

# Apr 5, 2009 @ 4:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Captain Cock Blocker writes:

The only fitting tribute to Bon Jovi is a huge, steaming turd.

# Apr 5, 2009 @ 4:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Duke Lion writes:

Covering the music and the name Blonde Jovi is not what got them in trouble. They went to far by appropriating the heart and dagger trademark and presenting it as their own.

Still, it begs the question: Why you gotta be such a d***, BJ? You have multiple millions; these chicks are playing for pennies. Let em have some fun.

# Apr 5, 2009 @ 4:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Kadmium writes:

In trademark law, if you don't protect your trademark, you lose it. They're actually required to send these letters, otherwise the trademark becomes invalidated.

# Apr 5, 2009 @ 5:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. DeathRich writes:

It's time to end copyright and patent monopolies now!

http://www.againstmonopoly.org/

# Apr 5, 2009 @ 5:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Joey Main writes:

No one is going to confuse an all girl band called Blonde Jovi with Bon Jovi. Tons of other bands have tributes and they embrace them. Iron Maiden (The Iron Maidens) ACDC (ACDshe) Cheap Trick (Cheap Chick) etc. Tribute bands are good for the band and good for the fans.

I think it's retarded that they got a letter from the lawyers. Maybe if they were on a big tour making tons of money, but they're playing at Paladinos. It's a total dive bar. I'm with the girls on this one.

# Apr 5, 2009 @ 6:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. tracyw2000 writes:

bon jovi are not has beens they are still going strong, come up with an original name. btw WAY TO GO JON

# Apr 5, 2009 @ 7:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Kalis_wrath writes:

WOW! What a d***!

# Apr 5, 2009 @ 7:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. brandedcfh420 writes:

tracyw2000 writes:
bon jovi are not has beens


everybody sees it different!!

# Apr 5, 2009 @ 8:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. That_One_Guy writes:

Seems so trivial to me to sue over that... not like anyone will confuse the 2.

# Apr 5, 2009 @ 8:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. inhatredofme writes:

if i was famous enough that someone wanted to cover my music i'd let them, why the hell not right? that's more people hearing my music and even when it comes to logos and stuff, sure they could use it but proper tribute would have to be given to me (or whoever came up with it). i guess whatever he has to do to feel he's protected his sh**ty work and makes him happy.

# Apr 5, 2009 @ 8:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. wilco writes:

think gene simmons is a friend of bon jovi
maybe jovi should sell coffee with mustaine so he got other things on his mind
he should be happy that aband wants to play his songs

# Apr 5, 2009 @ 8:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Maybelline writes:

At face value, this sounds awful. However, as owner of a trademark, JBJ had to do this to protect his trademark. Basically, the letter from the attorney had to be filed regardless whether or not Bon Jovi personally cared what the band did or was named. Of course it makes him look like a jerk, but first and foremost music is a business and JBJ is an excellent business man. A trademark is an asset of his business and as an owner of a trademark it is his responsibility to protect it. When a letter like this is written from an attorney, it has to include certain words, phrases and language to make it legal in case his trademark is seriously challenged in court. Get over it, guys and look at the big picture.

# Apr 5, 2009 @ 11:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. runningwithscissors writes:

and the award for biggest douche in the universe goes to....

# Apr 6, 2009 @ 12:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Fuck_A_Name writes:

...Axl rose. He still holds the title, sorry.

# Apr 6, 2009 @ 1:04 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. runningwithscissors writes:

yeah you got me, axl is a douche, but this a pretty d*** move, very gene simmons-ish

# Apr 6, 2009 @ 1:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. utoad9 writes:

Are you sure this is not a leftover from April Fools? Multi millionaires Bon Jovi breaking the balls of a TRIBUTE band trying to eek out a living. What pricks. I'll never listen to Bon Jovi again. Oh, I forgot, I never listened to them anyway... Here is a name idea for the tribute band...Jon Bovi. May not be enough to get around the lawsuit though. How about Bon Bon Jovi (you could throw out chocolates to the crowd), or Onbay Ovijay (Pig Latin). Or how about fighting these d***s in court to show the world what insecure peni they are.

# Apr 6, 2009 @ 9:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. xman writes:

bon jovi sucks

# Apr 6, 2009 @ 10:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Blindgreed1 writes:

Kadmium is correct. It's a legal responsibility of BJ's lawyers to protect his trademark. Nothing more.

# Apr 6, 2009 @ 11:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. bloodofheroes writes:

here's the thing. nobody, and i mean nobody, is going to get confused between the 2 bands, no matter what logo or name the cover band is using. so now jovi looks like a jerk

# Apr 7, 2009 @ 11:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. rlopes writes:

Just shut down the band altogether! Since Bon Jovi sucks balls, maybe Blonde Jovi is better, but wouldn't you rather just play better songs?

# Apr 7, 2009 @ 2:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. wilco writes:

maybelline

must be a girl

# Apr 9, 2009 @ 8:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. crawfordtexasjingojango writes:

Okay, I live in Toledo, Ohio, and all that we have here anymore on weekends at the rock bars are cover bands. There's LiveWire, the ACDC cover band, DRAW THE LINE, the Aerosmith cover band, BATTERY, the metallica cover band, and etc. It's f***in' embarassing. I think it's horsesh** that you can't start a cover band of a sh**ty band anymore without being sued, but really, if you can play that bon jovi crap you need to start a band of your own instead of covering someone else's garbage. If I was in this band, I'd either tell Bon Jovi to f*** off and stick with the name and wait for someone to draw first, thereby tossing the situation into national limelight so everyone on earth can see what a prick bon jovi is, and how little he needs tribute bands, OR I'd change the whole f***in thing and start a original band. f***in' cover bands can go choke on a throat ful of sh** for all I care. It's a waste of talent as far as I'm concerned. Especially when it's a bon jovi cover band. Legalities are legalities, and bon jovi is such a wal-mart WHORE now, that his lawyers are probably waiting for a chance to get some topical notoriety. It's kinda sad, if you think about it. This would make me want to tell bon jovi to f*** off and never play his songs again, which is the way it should be in the first place. Nobody alive should want to play that horrid crap except for Bon Jovi himself, and even THAT's a stretch. This fag's too busy making homes over and sucking off dead dogs to be famous anymore, so he has to crush the little guy. Lars Bon Jovi.

# Apr 9, 2009 @ 12:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. brandedcfh420 writes:

crawfordtexasjingojango writes:
Lars Bon Jovi.

LOLOLOLOLOL

# Apr 9, 2009 @ 12:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Blindgreed1 writes:

Crawford: Where the hell have you been man?

# Apr 9, 2009 @ 1:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. Patti Stafford writes:

I find it amusing that over half of the people who commented here missed the whole point. Bon Jovi did NOT sue over the playing of their music by a cover band.

"our client nevertheless is charged with the duty of enforcing its trademark rights. " What part of ENFORCING TRADEMARK RIGHTS did you miss?

Trademark is considered a graphic image or a name. You can not use Coca Cola, Pepsi, or Burger King's trademark legally any more than you can a band's trademark image or name.

You also cannot start a restuarant and use the slogan "Home of the Whopper", because that to is part of Burger King's trademark, so any resemblance to the name "Bon Jovi" is illegally using part of the band's trademark.


Most cover bands will choose a band's song title to use as the name of their band. This lets the crowd know it's a tribute band to a famous group. Had Blonde Jovi chosen a song title instead, I doubt their band name would have been an issue.
Using Bon Jovi's trademark logo on their website is clearly theft of a trademark. They should have came up with their own logo to represent themselves- not one that is synomous with Bon Jovi.

Most of the comments here reflected Bon Jovi as being a prick, because the commenters do not like his music. What if it had been your favorite band's logo being stolen?
It does not matter who your favorite band is, you do not want to see their logo being displayed by a cover band.

I'm a huge Iron Maiden fan. I would not mind seeing an Iron Maiden cover band with the name of "The Trooper", I would however be very upset if the cover band tried to use "Eddie" as part of their image. Eddie is Maiden's mascot and part of their trademark. If I see Eddie, I better see Bruce d***inson and Steve Harris there too.

Now I ask you again, what part of ENFORCING TRADEMARK RIGHTS did you miss?

# Apr 29, 2009 @ 12:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. Patti Stafford writes:

The comment system obviously views part of Bruce's name as a bad word. That should be fixed since it's part of a larger word and in fact is a name. Just my thoughts.

# Apr 29, 2009 @ 12:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. Blindgreed1 writes:

Patti: I agree, now go have a c***tail and listen to some d***enson. lol

# Apr 29, 2009 @ 1:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. Fuck_A_Name writes:

I just got assAULTED by a p***ycat. :P

# Apr 29, 2009 @ 8:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. AlliedFront676 writes:

FU BON JOVI HAVE A NICE DAY! i thoroughly dislike this bands music. Im glad only VH1 plays them now.

# Apr 30, 2009 @ 1:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. Jamez writes:

I think it's amazing how far some bands they there controlfreak issues. Especially in a case like this where the band was actually a 'tribute' band. Incredible. Then again u never really know if its the band whos treatning someone with a lawsuit or just their management. In many cases the band doesnt even know whats going on. In any case, I agree; "f*** Bon Jovi"

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