Friday, August 3, 2012

Christian Band "Newsboys" Sues "New Boyz" Rappers for Infringement

The Newsboys, a popular Christian rock band, has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against a rising rap duo called the New Boyz.

According to the Complaint, Earl "Ben J" Benjamin and Dominic "Legacy" Thomas are using "New Boyz" which is not only similar to the Christian band's name, but it is also reminiscent of the 1991 Newsboys album, "Boys Will Be Boyz."

The Complaint alleges that there have "been several instances of actual confusion among its customers, prospective customers and other outside observers who mistakenly assume a connection between Plaintiff and Defendant and the respective music they offer."

On Tuesday, the Newsboys announced an extension of their 60-city "God's Not Dead Tour" through this fall.  A video of their music is below.  

Frankly, it seems pretty difficult to believe that ordinarily prudent consumers could ever seriously confuse their brand of Christian rock with the rappers, even if they are each performing music, in the broadest possible sense.

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