Apparently there is a band called Rocksmith who is not happy

#1 Posted by TepidShark (1063 posts) -

I saw this article on Ultimate-Guitar, that I don't want to go too into because it is a lot of legal-ise, but basically there is a band from England that has been called Rocksmith for 4 years, who are upset that there is game called Rocksmith.

#2 Posted by EuanDewar (5100 posts) -

Ubisoft got that French French money.

#3 Posted by Pinworm45 (4088 posts) -

They're unsigned. 
 
Their own fault. 
 
Else I have infinite bands and sideprojects for every possible combination and will sue anyone and everyone who uses them.

#4 Posted by ajamafalous (12161 posts) -

@Pinworm45 said:

They're unsigned. Their own fault. Else I have infinite bands and sideprojects for every possible combination and will sue anyone and everyone who uses them.

Basically this.

#5 Posted by ShaggE (6715 posts) -

The Smiths should speak out againt both Rocksmith and Rocksmith for trying to out-Smith them. 

#6 Posted by Braumeister (38 posts) -
@ajamafalous said:

@Pinworm45 said:

They're unsigned. Their own fault. Else I have infinite bands and sideprojects for every possible combination and will sue anyone and everyone who uses them.

Basically this.

They may be unsigned, but they do have a trademark on Rocksmith, so having a contract would only get them access to better corporate lawyers. I'm sure they would be on a decent label if they could.
#7 Posted by Ragdrazi (2283 posts) -

If you're going to try to pull a case because you're worried some video game has infringed on your very very generic band name you don't deserve to be famous.

#8 Edited by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

Four fucking years, and they're still unsigned? Yea, i guess it's time to close the curtains guys. 

Also, if they win the case, what do they think the aftermath will be? They'll forever be known as the butthurt band. 

#9 Posted by SamFo (1562 posts) -

It's a shit name for a band or a game.

#10 Posted by SeriouslyNow (8534 posts) -

@Pinworm45 said:

They're unsigned. Their own fault. Else I have infinite bands and sideprojects for every possible combination and will sue anyone and everyone who uses them.

What does being signed have to with a trading name? Do you actually understand basic business law?

#11 Posted by Azteck (7449 posts) -
@Pinworm45 said:
They're unsigned.  Their own fault.  Else I have infinite bands and sideprojects for every possible combination and will sue anyone and everyone who uses them.
It's called Trademark. It has nothing to do with being unsigned or not. And according to the article, they trademarked the name back in 2003, meaning Ubisoft should have no legal foundation whatsoever against them.
#12 Posted by LibraryDues (335 posts) -

There was that one Bond movie where his cover name was James St. John Smythe.

#13 Posted by BombKareshi (979 posts) -
@TheDudeOfGaming said:

Also, if they win the case, what do they think the aftermath will be? They'll forever be known as the butthurt band. 

Isn't notoriety supposed to be good for rock bands?
#14 Posted by Twisted_Scot (1180 posts) -

Zenimax / Bethesda's Lawyers should be all over this, The Elder Scroll series contains both Rocks & (Black) Smiths. What if someone gets confused?

#15 Edited by Braumeister (38 posts) -
@TheDudeOfGaming said:

Four fucking years, and they're still unsigned? Yea, i guess it's time to close the curtains guys. 

There are more bands that take longer than 4 years to get signed than signed bands that didn't. Pretty dumb comment. 
#16 Posted by BeachThunder (12431 posts) -

Does anyone want to start a band with me called Modern Warfare 4?

#17 Edited by SpaceInsomniac (3906 posts) -

Unsigned?  Who cares, then.  In the worst case situation, they'll have to change the name of the game in the UK.  How about a band who could actually have a legitimate complaint? 
 
  

    
#18 Posted by TheSouthernDandy (3925 posts) -

I'm gonna go ahead and assume they're an 80's hair metal throwback band judging by that name. Nobody will convince me otherwise.

#19 Posted by CornBREDX (6044 posts) -

Sounds like an unknown nobody band wanting to make money off a company.

Not surprised- everyone tries to find a lottery ticket when and where-ever they can.

They don't care about the name, they just want money. Not that I entirely blame them, but these kinds of things always come off as whiny. (The concept of litigation with potential money, not the OP. I find the topic legitimately fun to talk about hehe)

#20 Posted by SSully (4326 posts) -

Well with a shitty band name like that they should definitely try to sue the shit out of Ubisoft while they can, because they aren't going to make much as musicians.

#21 Posted by neozeke (378 posts) -
@TheDudeOfGaming said:

Four fucking years, and they're still unsigned? Yea, i guess it's time to close the curtains guys. 

Also, if they win the case, what do they think the aftermath will be? They'll forever be known as the butthurt band. 

Erm some great bands went years without being signed. Pantera (Not my favorite, but I'm sure someone here likes them) were unsigned for nine years or something. 
#22 Posted by august (3866 posts) -

If I were in a band named "Rocksmith" I wouldn't be happy either.

Online
#23 Posted by ShaggE (6715 posts) -

Someone may also want to look into starting a band called Halo 5, for obvious reasons. Now's the time, folks. 

#24 Posted by NickL (2247 posts) -

@Pinworm45 said:

They're unsigned. Their own fault. Else I have infinite bands and sideprojects for every possible combination and will sue anyone and everyone who uses them.

If I read it right he trademarked the name Rocksmith 8 years ago, not sure how it works in the UK but where I live that is at least enough to either get a settlement or force ubisoft to change the name.... (most likely they would just change it to another equally generic name)

#25 Edited by toymachinesh (28 posts) -

http://www.youtube.com/user/steveleguitar

funniest part is their guitarist recently went on YouTube complaining that his band's music wasn't considered for the game and one of those videos happened to be mine.

They claim that Ubisoft told THEM to change their name. I highly doubt Ubisoft gives a toss about what some bar band does lol

#26 Posted by Scooper (7881 posts) -

I made a band called GiantBomb in like 1997 so I'm suing this website. O.K, I was the only member and I never really wrote any songs but that doesn't matter.

#27 Posted by Elazul (1327 posts) -

They should rename the game "The Thamesmen".

#28 Posted by Dagbiker (6978 posts) -
@CornBREDX

Sounds like an unknown nobody band wanting to make money off a company.

Not surprised- everyone tries to find a lottery ticket when and where-ever they can.

They don't care about the name, they just want money. Not that I entirely blame them, but these kinds of things always come off as whiny. (The concept of litigation with potential money, not the OP. I find the topic legitimately fun to talk about hehe)

I would agree with you if time travel to the year 2003 was posible
#29 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

Does it really matter? Honestly?

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