As we’ve seen over the years, Metallica have been very vigilant when it comes to protecting their trademark. And apparently that has landed a Canadian tribute band called Sandman on the radar of the band’s legal team, who served them with “cease and desist” papers.
Warmachine’s Joe Di Tarantino, who also sings and plays guitar in Sandman, revealed the news to fans on his Facebook page with a photo of the letter. He wrote, “So as some of you may or may not know, in my spare time from Warmachine, I play in a couple tribute acts … One being a Metallica tribute called Sandman. Well last night when we arrived at the venue for our show in London, ON, we were served with ‘Cease & Desist’ papers courtesy of Metallica’s lawyers. Quite funny! LOL!”
In the document, Metallica’s legal team called out Sandman for using “official, stylized logos” and for promoting their live performances through Facebook and YouTube using the Metallica name.
After a number of comments on the Facebook post from followers, Di Taranto offered some clarification, stating, “Unfortunately I think many people here have either misread or not read the letter at all … They don’t want the band using the name ‘Metallica’ as in: ‘Canada’s Tribute to Metallica’ nor the logo…Which has never been used. The FONT used as the Sandman logo however is the same font from St. Anger…which I guess they also have a problem with. Easy fix.” Check out the post below.
Over the years, Metallica have defended their trademark in highly public cases like when Victoria’s Secret began selling a lipstick called “Metallica” and with Nieman Marcus who sold a “Metallica” perfume.
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