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This is a phenomenally good post that deals with the exact legal situation should you find yourself in a band when all of a sudden you’re horrified to realise that there’s another band out there using the same name.
It also goes into trademark and other protection of your band name and logos in great depth. Plus domain names, what to do about the name if a member leaves and loads more really good stuff.
Bookmark it so that you know where to go should that day sneak up and batter you!
It’s one of those situations that you hope never happens to you. But let’s face it: with millions of bands online, there’s actually a decent chance another active band has exactly the same name as you. And the likelihood increases if you are managing or working with several groups.
So what do you do? Before this conflict occurs, proper trademarking and registration can go a long way. And, the band that understands these processes best has a better chance of keeping their identity – or choosing a better one from the start.