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Guns N’ Roses File Lawsuit To Thwart Sales Of Bootleg Concert Shirts


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"Guns N’ Roses recently kicked off their massive “We’re F’N’ Back!” North American tour, and they’re aiming to reap as many spoils from it as possible, in part by filing lawsuits that prevent vendors from selling bootleg T-shirts that will eat into the band’s merchandise profits, Bloomberg reports.

Bootleggers are a common sight outside large-scale concerts, often prowling venue parking lots and selling facsimiles of official concert shirts for a fraction of the price. Global Merchandising Services Ltd., which retains exclusive rights to sell Guns N’ Roses’ merchandise at U.S. concerts, has filed lawsuits in cities on the band’s itinerary to prevent these vendors from hawking their illicit wares. 

“These bootleggers are, plainly and simply, parasites who wrongfully profit from the tremendous energies and reputations of performers,” Global Merchandising lawyer Kenneth Feinswog said in a New Jersey court filing from Aug. 2, three days before the band played at East Rutherford’s MetLife Stadium. The case lists singer Axl Rose (W. Axl Rose), guitarist Slash (Saul Hudson) and bassist Duff McKagan (Michael McKagan) as plaintiffs along with Global Merchandising. Rose, Slash and McKagan formed three-fifths of the classic Guns N’ Roses lineup and own the band trademark. 

Feinswog added that “during the past 35 years of tremendous commercial growth of popular music,” music fans have “sought to identify themselves with and declare allegiance to their favorite performers by purchasing various articles of merchandise, t-shirts, patches, posters, photographs, jerseys, caps, belt buckles, jackets and other items that embody the names, photos, likenesses, logos, trademarks and/or artwork of such performers.” This declaration of allegiance “is the reason why fans will pay more than $35.00 for a t-shirt displaying the performer's name or likeness which t-shirt might otherwise retail (without such name or likeness) for $4.00.”

Feinswog also said bootleggers “misappropriate the names, likenesses, logos, symbols, artwork and/or trademarks of performing artists and musical groups” and claimed, "To add insult to injury, the merchandise that the bootleggers manufacture and sell is, in most instances, of inferior quality and not only violates Plaintiffs' rights but adversely affects the general public and irreparably injures the performers' reputations for excellence and integrity in the pursuit of their professional careers.”

Official concert merchandise is an enormously profitable venture for a band of Guns N’ Roses’ stature. Court filings show that the band has generated more than $15 million in merchandise. Apparel on the band’s official webstore ranges from $15 face masks to $500 leather jackets, while concert merchandise includes posters, hats, city-exclusive tee shirts and more".

"Still, the band’s strategy to target street-level bootleggers on its current tour is unorthodox. Jayne Durden, vice president of law firm strategy at Boston-based intellectual property management firm Anaqua, said it’s more common for artists to go after the distributors of these unofficial products. “This is Whac-A-Mole, but with a massive paddle that makes some noise,” she told Bloomberg.

Rather than pursue the bootleggers for money, Guns N’ Roses received court orders in Boston and New Jersey that allowed police and federal marshals to seize bootleg merchandise within a certain vicinity of the venues in the six hours leading up to the shows and three hours preceding them. 

So far, the orders appear to be successful: Security seized 417 bootleg shirts outside the band’s East Rutherford concert and 240 outside its Detroit show a few days later, court documents show. Rose, Slash, McKagan and Global Merchandising have also reportedly asked a federal judge in New Jersey for a blanket seizure order that would apply to the rest of their tour dates, which include arenas and stadiums in the U.S. and Mexico.

This type of lawsuit is not unique to Guns N’ Roses. In 2018, Global Merchandising filed a similar lawsuit on behalf of the metal band Slayer at the beginning of their farewell tour. Live Nation sought a similar court order for Ozzy Osbourne’s Ozzfest in 2010, as did AC/DC on their 2016 tour.

Guns N’ Roses’ current North American tour will run through mid-October and is expected to draw an estimated 400,000 fans. They’ll travel to Australia and New Zealand in November and will traverse Europe in 2022. With a new single, “Absurd,” out now and their classic hits streaming in the billions, it would not appear that any member of Guns N’ Roses is strapped for cash, bootleggers be damned".

 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/bryanrolli/2021/08/14/guns-n-roses-file-lawsuit-to-thwart-sales-of-bootleg-concert-shirts/

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26 minutes ago, RedHook said:

 

 

Kind of funny considering half the official retro merch GNR print up, 
were originally bootlegs from the late 80s/ early 90s.


They straight jack the designs just because they can,

nothing the bootleger can do about it.


Just last year they stole the AFD Cross design with the covid masks from @Frans N' Roses

who made it as a joke meme 

 

 

 

 

I remember them stealing Frans N' Roses designs. Is't it time GNR updated the GNR bullet logo font t-shirts? I'm sure they can use some up to date software and make it look better. They have artists making posters for the tour all the time, why not see what can they can come up with.

 

 

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These bootleggers are, plainly and simply, parasites who wrongfully profit from the tremendous energies and reputations of performers,”

Yeah, those asian kids on the factories are really hard workers when it comes to t-shirts

 

 

Fucking banker...Kenneth Feinfrog

 

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formed three-fifths of the classic Guns N’ Roses lineup and own the band trademark. 

Are they sure about that? lol

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1 hour ago, RedHook said:

 

 

 

 

Kind of Funny considering,

Half of the official retro merch GNR print up, 
were originally bootleg shirts from the late 80s/ early 90s.

 

They have bern doing this ever since the reunion started.


They straight jack the designs just because they can.

Nothing the bootleger can do about it.

 

 

 

Just last year they stole the AFD Cross design with the covid masks from @Frans N' Roses

who made it as a joke meme.

 

GNR used it on Social Media,

and then made shirts sold in the UK with Frans covid mask AFD cross design.

 

 

Just noticed on their Twitter post the even added the "vaccination" part to Frans design.

 

What a bunch of cucks :lol: 

 

 

If I get motivated I will dig up some recent shirts they have printed that were originally bootlegs from back in the day.

 

 

 

 

holy shit is this real?

Frans should sue them, but then again, Axl has the best lawyers...

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1 hour ago, Budd Dwyer said:

holy shit is this real?

Frans should sue them, but then again, Axl has the best lawyers...

 

 

I don't think it would do any good,

that's the fucked up part about them jacking designs from Frans,

and the old bootleg shirts from the 80s/ 90st that GNR have been reprinting lately as official merch.

 

All these designs are re-workings of logos and artwork that GNR owns.

 

And even if they were 100% original designs 

GNR still owns they name and everything that goes with it.

 

 

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Here is another bootleg design GNR have ripped off in recent years 

and printed it up on "official" t-shirts licensed to the Hot Topic stores.

 

It was originally the cover an

Un-Authorized comic book from 1989.

 

They have also done this many other older designs,

that I recognize from the t-shirt shops back in the day that sold bootleg t-shirts.

 

 

 

They probably think that it's 30 years later,

and nobody will remember. 🤔 

 

Wrong, wrong, wrong .....

....I remember, you money grubbing fat mufcka's 🤣

 

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Edit: this is also used as a full page in the locked n loaded book

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2 hours ago, takinashit said:

Not surprised. This is the same band that subsidizes Mojo and stole Frans' designs. What a bitch move

I remember team brazil stole the design from one of the mygyner posters and included it on tour posters. Its the design  with the AFD cross with a skeleton middle finger around the AFD cross.

A bunch of unprofessional leeches.

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15 hours ago, RedHook said:

 

Here is another bootleg design GNR have ripped off in recent years 

and printed it up on "official" t-shirts licensed to the Hot Topic stores.

 

It was originally the cover an Un-Authorized comic book from 1989.

 

They have also done this many other older designs,

that I recognize from the t-shirt shops back in the day that sold bootleg t-shirts.

 

 

 

They probably think that it's 30 years later,

and nobody will remember. 🤔 

 

Wrong, wrong, wrong .....

....I remember, you money grubbing fat mufcka's 🤣

 

originals.jpg.fb2787a4c82b8a19088d67eddff63a70.jpg

 

I had this comic. I loved it

 

 

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9 hours ago, Sydney fan said:

I remember team brazil stole the design from one of the mygyner posters and included it on tour posters. Its the design  with the AFD cross with a skeleton middle finger around the AFD cross.

A bunch of unprofessional leeches.

Maybe they've learned it on one of their vacation trips

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/jan/14/balis-thieving-monkeys-seek-bigger-ransoms-for-high-value-swag-study

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Appetite for Vaccination? That's it, I'm done. I no longer will feel the slightest sense of guilt, sadness or remorse for any "toxic" comments I make about this pathetic, pedophile Biden-loving shit of a band. 

 

Take your fucking experimental, messenger RNA spike protein shots if you want to but why do you have to fucking poison the greatest hard rock album ever with your misguided, virtue-signalling crap? 

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I mean, if you're legitimately that worried about this poxy, chimeric, manufactured virus that you think it's ok to try and shame and pressure everyone into injecting themselves with shit from corrupt Big Pharma then at the VERY least you should be getting your morbidly obese asses on a treadmill, eating some real fresh food and getting some sunlight and vitamin D into your pasty guts. Fat cunts. 

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I remembered where GNR was selling alot of the official shirts using old bootleg designs.

 

A couple years ago they were licensing shirts through Lucky Brand website and stores. 

 

They had Guns N' Roses printed on the tag just like all of official merch nowadays.

 

If anybody remembers these were

printed on super thin cheap shirts

 

They quickly fall apart just like the original bootleg shirts :lol:

 

 

 

 

 

They also licensed some of the official bootleg designs to high end shops

that had these "Ironic" lines of $200 retro punk rock t shirts 

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On 8/15/2021 at 1:15 PM, RedHook said:

 

 

 

 

Kind of Funny considering,

Half of the official Retro merch GNR print up nowadays,
were originally bootleg shirts from the late 80s/ early 90s.

 

They have bern doing this ever since the reunion started.


They straight jack the designs just because they can.

Nothing the bootleger can do about it.

 

 

 

Just last year they stole the AFD Cross design with the covid masks from @Frans N' Roses

who made it as a joke meme.

 

GNR used it on Social Media,

and then licensed Frans design onto T-shirts sold in the UK.

 

 

Just noticed on their Twitter post the even added the "vaccination" part to Frans design.

 

What a bunch of cucks :lol: 

 

 

If I get motivated I will dig up some recent shirts they have printed that were originally bootlegs from back in the day.

 

 

 

 

Isn’t Fernandinho in charge of their atrocious merch?

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