Glenn Danzig Sues Misfits' Jerry Only over Merchandise Profits
Published May 06, 2014You may want to start stocking up on all those Misfits bucket hats, bikinis, coffee cups and backpacks while you can, Fiend Club members, because Glenn Danzig has sued former bandmate Jerry Only to stop licensing the familiar logo and slapping it on innumerable ridiculous items. At least, not until he gets a cut from the profits.
Re-Tox reports that Danzig filed a lawsuit in California Central District Court against Only (real name Gerrard Caiafa), claiming the devil-locked guitarist has been licensing the group's logo without the singer's permission since 2000. This is said to be in breach of a 1994 contract between the two that agreed upon shared ownership of the band's trademarks, including decisions on merchandise.
Danzig further claims that Caiafa went behind his back and re-registered the trademark under his own name, cutting Danzig out of profits from merchandise sold at stores like Hot Topic. The vocalist also suggests that Only threatened to withhold the licensing rights from retailers if they made any contact with Danzig over the items.
Danzig is said to be seeking his fair share of the profits for use of the band's logo, which itself uses the likeness of the titular monster from 1946 film The Crimson Ghost. While the lawsuit was filed in early April, it's unclear at present whether or not the case will, ahem, go where legal eagles dare.