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10th May 2019

Guns N’ Roses file lawsuit over ‘Guns ‘N’ Rosé’ beer

Dave Hanratty

Guns N Roses beer lawsuit

Decent name, in fairness.

It’s all fun and games in the world of rock and roll until someone files a copyright claim.

A few months ago, we had Nirvana suing clothing brand Marc Jacobs for seemingly appropriating their rather iconic aesthetic.

Now we have the strange case of Guns N’ Roses taking legal action over a knockoff beer and merchandise.

The Blast reports that Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan have united to sue Canarchy Craft Brewery Collective over a beer they’ve been selling by the name of Guns ‘N’ Rose.

On top of this, GNR claim that the company has been selling hats, t-shirts, pint glasses, stickers, buttons, and bandanas with the name attached.

Court documents note that Canarchy previously attempted to trademark the name until the band intervened, and have ultimately agreed to stop after numerous requests, but not until March of 2020.

GNR argue that Canarchy “has refused to immediately and completely cease sales and marketing” of the beer and related goods.

As such, they are officially suing for copyright infringement and unspecified damages.

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