CALIFORNIA (CelebrityAccess) – A California federal judge has ruled that concert promoter Guerrilla Union Inc. must stop using the title of LL Cool J’s 1985 song “Rock the Bells” without the rapper’s permission, according to Billboard.
The company has been ordered to permanently refrain from “manufacturing, transporting, promoting, importing, advertising, publicizing, distributing, offering for sale, or selling any goods or services” under the “Rock the Bells” name, as LL Cool J has been found the “exclusive owner” of the trademark.
The company must also turn over all items bearing the trademark to the rapper for destruction by May 10, as well as provide him with account administration over the rockthebells.net website, “Rock the Bells” branded social media handles and any associated email accounts. If Guerrilla Union fails to comply within the specified timeframe, all “Rock the Bells” accounts existing online will be transferred to LL Cool J without their cooperation.
LL Cool J originally filed suit against Guerrilla Union in November 2018. He accused the company of trademark infringement, cyber piracy, false designation of origin affiliation or association and unfair competition for using the “Rock the Bells” name despite previously having lost the rights to it following a successful 2017 petition by the rapper.