photos by PSquared Photography
The plaintiff at Grand Victory, June 2013
Hollwood Reporter has details on a majorly shocking development to absolutely no one... Black Flag has sued FLAG.
[Greg Ginn] claims he and his label, SST Records, exclusively own the rights to the Black Flag name (and "Flag" variation) and infamous logo, which Flag use on tour.Hollywood Reporter has a copy of the actual paper signed, which also name former vocalist Henry Rollins (though he is not involved in FLAG).
He sued his 1979-mid 1980s bandmates Friday, seeking an injunction against their current tour, which kicked off in May and will stop in Los Angeles (pending this case) for FYF Fest on August 24. The suit describes the alleged infringement of the logo and name "Flag" as "a colorable imitation" that's "likely to cause confusion, mistake or deception among consumers."
Ginn accuses Garfield and Morris of lying to the Trademark Office on registrations; using his own label's record covers to feign as though they've been continuing to use Black Flag since 1979; and in what's alleged to be an act of "outrageous fraud," using bootleg SST T-shirts in an attempt to show they've been making such products in that time.
Check out some belated pictures in this post of Black Flag in one of their more-punk moments, playing a cramped Grand Victory on June 16.