Apocalyptica Discusses, Clarifies Rammstein Lawsuit
Two weeks ago, Gun Shy Assassin told you about the outcome of a lawsuit filed in Europe and brought against the label that puts out that awful band Apocalyptica’s music by the band Rammstein. Ultimately, Rammstein won the trademark infringement suit and Apocalyptica were ordered to pay what amounts to $59,000.
All of this, because the band put a sticker on the cover of their 2007 Worlds Collide album, saying “featuring Rammstein.” Til Lindemann, Rammstein’s frontman, provided guest vocals for one track on the disc. Now, Apocalyptica is discussing the legal dispute. And guess what? They say they’re not involved.
“Neither the band Apocalyptica nor their management are or were involved in the described lawsuit. However, the parties involved are the band Rammstein and Sony Music Entertainment GmbH, as the successor of the by now-defunct affiliated label GUN Records.”
So the band won’t be paying the cash — Sony will. Same diff. “Apocalyptica and Halbe Miete Management regret the events, but neither had any influence on a violation of trademark and naming rights, nor any part in whatsoever resulting agreements,” the statement adds. “It is correct that GUN Records published advertisements with the stated endorsement disregarding existing agreements, and the band Rammstein subsequently filed a lawsuit against Sony Music Entertainment GmbH as the parent company. It is furthermore correct that Sony Music Entertainment GmbH and Rammstein have agreed on a settlement, the details of which, however, are unknown to Apocalyptica and Halbe Miete Management. We ask that further articles on the topic correctly reproduce the facts.”