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Apocalyptica Sued By Rammstein, U.S. Radio Play Blocked By Atlantic

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Apocalyptica has experienced a couple legal hurdles recently. First, The Regional Court of Berlin has convicted Apocalyptica for trademark infringement against Rammstein. The Finnish cello metallers face a fine of 45,000 Euro. The Finnish band was sued over the album's release being promoted on stickers, magazines and posters with the words "featuring Rammstein" without the authorization of the band and their management, despite the appearance of Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann and guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe on the track "Helden" (a David Bowie cover of "Heroes").

In other Apocalyptica news, Atlantic Records would not give clearance to promote the album version of "Not Strong Enough," which features Brent Smith of Shinedown, to radio in the US. This was due to Shinedown's "Diamond Eyes (Boom-Lay Boom-Lay Boom)" track off The Expendables soundtrack competing for radio play at the same time. Doug Robb of Hoobastank has now recorded a vocal track for the song and that is the version that will be going to radio in the U.S. on January 18, 2011. The track will be released digitally as well.

UPDATE: Apocalyptica has commented on the Rammstein law suit to clarify the situation.

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1. khal writes:

this is pretty ridiculous.

# Jan 7, 2011 @ 10:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. THRASH TILL DEATH writes:

?..rammenstein just want mony me thinks

# Jan 7, 2011 @ 10:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Blindgreed1 writes:

Rammstein should actually be paying them for ressurecting their band from the ashes and myre they were wallowing in when Apocolyptica asked Till and Rick to guest on Worlds Collide.

# Jan 7, 2011 @ 10:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. brandedcfh420 writes:

SERIOUSLY, FREE ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE "RAMMING STONE" AND THEY GO OFF AND SUE ABOUT IT! OK, THEY JUST LOST A FEW POINTS IN MY BOOK!!!!

# Jan 7, 2011 @ 11:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. seriously writes:

Naming a song "Diamond Eyes" when the Deftones released an album last year with the EXACT same name? Come on Shinedown, find some originality.

# Jan 7, 2011 @ 1:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Rychemn writes:

....will it ever just be about the music.....not the lawyers and such?.......probably not!!!!

# Jan 7, 2011 @ 2:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Gytrash writes:

Pathetic... I wonder if it is Rammstein doing this, or their greedy management/label trying to use technicalities to line their own pockets. Why would a band want to sue another band like this? Surely the collaboration was voluntary?

# Jan 7, 2011 @ 2:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. deathbringer writes:

Yeah, it definitely seems odd. From what I've read the bands are friends and on really good terms, and hence the collaboration. It could just be a formality in order to enforce Rammstein's trademark. You know, if you don't protect your trademark it can become void (i.e., you can't selectively enforce it).

# Jan 7, 2011 @ 2:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. brandedcfh420 writes:

ok, true, it could be a formailty thing that can be sorted out in the near future. FREE PRESS THOUGH!!!

# Jan 7, 2011 @ 2:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. xulbehemoth509 writes:

I smell record label or managers big business all over this. It's a bummer anyway it goes

# Jan 7, 2011 @ 3:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. n0thinghead writes:

all of this is ridiculous

# Jan 7, 2011 @ 3:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. btbamfav20 writes:

bullsh!t, complete BS!
Oops, mistakenly saying a members longtime band instead of the specific member cost them 45,000 Euros... i wouldnt even tour with them after that, i'd release the rest of the printouts WITHOUT any Rammstein members, and tell them to go suck more donkey shlong.
not to mention their music is SH!T

NP: Manic Depression [The Jimi Hendrix Experience] - Yngwie Malmsteen

# Jan 7, 2011 @ 4:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. hellrat writes:

i highly doubt its anything personal between the dudes themselves...just a bunch of legal wrangling from the suits that control that kraut Muppet show...

agree with Reich....it'd be nice if more MUSIC itself was still news worthy

ah hell, fvck it!

now....yngwie butchering Jimi? seriously??? ;)

# Jan 7, 2011 @ 6:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. oh... writes:

im just disappointed that apocalyptica did a song with ramm-sack

# Jan 8, 2011 @ 2:03 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Triforce writes:

^
This.

# Jan 8, 2011 @ 3:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. deathbringer writes:

Here's the update on this situation: http://www.metalunderground.com/news/details.cfm?newsid=63925

# Jan 10, 2011 @ 9:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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