MISFITS Sues Book Publisher Over Usage Of Their Logo
Abrams Books put out Scream With Me: The Enduring Legacy of the Misfits by Tom Bejgrowicz and Jeremy Dean in December 2019. Abrams is now getting sued by Misfits vocalist Glenn Danzig and bassist Jerry Only for using the band's Fiend Skull logo without authorization. The complaint was filed on March 9 by Misfits AD, the company formed by Danzig and Only to manage their business activities.
World Intellectual Property Review has obtained a copy of the complaint.
“Abrams' unauthorised copying of the ‘Fiend Skull’ mark as the main image on the cover of the book is likely to cause confusion and lead consumers to mistakenly believe that Abrams and the book are endorsed, approved, or sponsored by, or affiliated, connected, or associated with Misfits AD,” the complaint said.
As of right now, the book is still for sale and is described as such.
Formed in 1977, the Misfits deeply influenced the genres of punk rock and metal alike by blending their music with horror film themes and imagery. This is their visual story as told through the original ephemera that helped define their legacy. Scream With Me spotlights the band’s iconic and influential album and single art, fan club merchandise, original posters, show flyers, and one-of-a-kind, never-before-seen rarities, culled primarily from the extensive collection of archivist Umberto D’Urso.
Additionally, the book prominently features insightful contributions on the band’s legacy from members of Metallica, Pearl Jam, Avenged Sevenfold, Dropkick Murphys, and more. For more than 40 years, the band has had an inescapable influence on popular culture and Scream With Me is the ultimate tribute to the original, beloved Misfits era.
It's worth noting that Misfits reunited with Danzig for the first time since 1983 due to a lawsuit settlement over merchandise and rights. So the Fiend Skull giveth and the Fiend Skull taketh away, apparently.