Before LL Cool J was known as "the guy from NCIS: Los Angeles the rapper was the force to be reckoned with in the rap game (and still is). If you're old enough to remember, back in 1985 he released his classic track "Rock The Bells," and as the years have rolled on, the title of the song has been a phrase associated with the rapper. He even used it as the name of his SiriusXM hip hop channel.
That's why LL, real name James Todd Smith. felt it was necessary to take a promotions company called Guerilla Union, Inc. to court. Smith sued the company, stating that they not only attempted to trademark "Rock The Bells," but they used the phrase as the name of a hip hop festival that ran from 2004 to 2013. Smith went as far as to contact the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, petitioning them to cancel the company's "Rock The Bells" trademarks. He finally scored a victory in 2017 when the Trademark Board agreed.
However, the company allegedly continued to use the trademark, so he took them to court and demanded an injunction be placed to stop them legally. The Blast reports that they've obtained documents that show a judge has issued a default judgment against the promoter for unspecified damages. The promoter must "immediately transfer all control of social media accounts, website domains, and other intellectual property." There is no word on whether or not they had to pay up, as well.
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