The Ea­gles sue own­ers of Mex­i­can Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia

New Straits Times - - World -

LOS AN­GE­LES: The Ea­gles have filed a suit ac­cus­ing the own­ers of a Mex­ico ho­tel of using the name Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia, ar­guably the band’s most fa­mous song, with­out per­mis­sion.

In a com­plaint filed on Monday, the Ea­gles said own­ers of the 11-room To­dos San­tos ho­tel in Baja Cal­i­for­nia Sur “ac­tively en­cour­age” guests to believe the ho­tel was as­so­ci­ated with the band to sell T-shirts and other mer­chan­dise, and make guests feel wel­come.

This al­legedly included pip­ing “Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia” and other Ea­gles songs through the ho­tel sound sys­tem, and sell­ing T-shirts in that re­fer to the ho­tel as ‘leg­endary’, re­sult­ing in ap­par­ent con­fu­sion among many guests who posted on­line re­views. The Ea­gles also noted that the de­fen­dant Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia Baja LLC has ap­plied with the United States . Patent and Trade­mark Of­fice to reg­is­ter the Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia name.

“De­fen­dants lead US con­sumers to believe the To­dos San­tos Ho­tel is as­so­ci­ated with the Ea­gles and, among other things, served as the in­spi­ra­tion for the lyrics in ‘Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia’, which is false,” the com­plaint said.

The suit seeks a va­ri­ety of dam­ages and a halt to any in­fringe­ment.

Nei­ther the ho­tel nor the lawyer who filed its trade­mark ap­pli­ca­tion im­me­di­ately re­sponded on Tues­day to re­quests for com­ment.

The To­dos San­tos ho­tel was named Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia when it opened in 1950.

The Ea­gles and the Ho­tel Cal­i­for­nia in Baja Cal­i­for­nia Sur.

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