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Greg Ginn sues former Black Flag bandmates

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Aug 04, 2013 | 2:52pm EDT

Punk icon Greg Ginn has filed suit against his former Black Flag bandmates for alleged copyright infringement. The group co-founder claims the members of Flag - Keith Morris, Dez Cadena, Chuck Dukowski and Bill Stevenson - have infringed on rights he owns. Henry Rollins, a former member of the legendary punk outfit who is not part of the Black Flag splinter group, has also been named in the suit, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. Ginn is seeking an injunction against Flag's current tour, which kicked off in May (13), insisting that the band's logo is identical to Black Flag's. He also describes Flag as "a colorable imitation" that's "likely to cause confusion, mistake or deception among consumers". He also accuses his former bandmates of "lying to the Trademark Office on registrations; using his own label's record covers to feign as though they've been continuing to use Black Flag since 1979 and using bootleg SST t-shirts." Ginn, who is currently recording and touring under the name Black Flag, was sued by Dukowski in 2007, over claims the Flag star was entitled to a share of Black Flag's revenue, as he was still a member of the band. The pair reached a settlement, in which Dukowski agreed to never perform under or make use of the Black Flag name or logo for profit. In his suit, Ginn also claims that Rollins and Morris filed to procure the trademark to the name Black Flag last year (12).

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