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Resource ID: #14405
Subject: Entertainment
Source: ABC News Primetime Live
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Date: 12/3

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The trademarks for popular musical acts from the '50-'70s are being sold or licensed to pop artists who represent themselves as the original performers, but did not record the hits, did not tour with originals and in some cases were not even born when the music hit the charts. This is legal under current trademark law. If a pop act fails to maintain their trademark, anyone can claim it -- and keep it as long as they can prove they are using it in commerce. These new acts often squeeze the original artists out of the market. In some cases, originals have even been enjoined from using the name they made famous. Consumers don't find out the truth until they buy a ticket, and often they never catch on at all. Among the groups featured were The Boxtops, The Coasters, The Vogues, The Classics IV and The Soul Survivors. None of these ersatz acts included a single original member.

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