Ea­gles file trade­mark suit against Mex­i­can Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia

Cape Breton Post - - Arts / Entertainment -

LOS AN­GE­LES — The Ea­gles are su­ing the own­ers of a Mex­i­can ho­tel named Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia, claim­ing it’s cap­i­tal­iz­ing off the band’s hit song of the same name.

The band filed a fed­eral trade­mark in­fringe­ment law­suit Mon­day against the U.S.-based own­ers of Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia in To­dos San­tos, a town on the Pa­cific Coast near the south­ern tip of Mex­ico’s Baja Cal­i­for­nia Sur.

The Ea­gles say Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia has wrongly led guests to be­lieve it’s as­so­ci­ated with the Ea­gles and served as the in­spi­ra­tion for their song “Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia,’’ which the band says isn’t true.

The ho­tel web­site says that the own­ers don’t pro­mote any as­so­ci­a­tion with the band but that vis­i­tors are mes­mer­ized by the “co­in­ci­dences’’ be­tween the ho­tel and the song.

The ho­tel didn’t im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment Thurs­day.

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