LL Cool J is reportedly suing concert promoter Guerilla Union, Inc. over their Rock The Bells festival name. According to The Blast, the Hip Hop heavyweight is accusing the company of stealing the name from his 1985 song “Rock The Bells” and wants a judge to bar Guerilla Union from ever using it again.
Court documents say the concert promoter and founder Chang Weisberg filed for a “Rock the Bells” trademark in 2004. Earlier this year, LL launched a SiriusXM channel of the same name.
The seasoned MC/actor alleges the company filed for the trademark without his permission to use for the Rock The Bells festival. Subsequently, he asked the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to cancel all of Guerilla Union’s trademarks.
Although his request was granted, LL says the company continues to try to capitalize off the name.
LL wants a judge to grant an injunction prohibiting the promoter from using it. He’s also asking for unspecified damages.
The Rock The Bells festival was founded in 2004 and ran for nine years. Busta Rhymes, GZA, KRS-One and Tech N9ne were among the many artists to grace the festival stage.