Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Megadeth Megasues Ex-Megabassist

Another fun lawsuit, from Yahoo!:

The lead singer of Megadeth sued the band's former bass player for allegedly using the name of the group without permission in an advertisement for musical equipment. The suit filed Monday in Superior Court by David Mustaine claims he and David Ellefson entered into a settlement agreement in February that restricts the guitarist's use of the band name.

"Ellefson shall not use, or authorize anyone else to use, the work or mark 'Megadeth" to advertise, market or promote any person, band, company, organization, product or services without Megadeth's prior express written permission," according to the lawsuit. Mustaine said an ad in this month's issue of "Bass Player" features Ellefson holding a pedal tuner for bass guitars and includes the names of several bands he is involved with — including Megadeth. Mustaine is seeking unspecified compensatory, punitive and exemplary damages.
For some reason, the accompanying photo is of "an Indonesian agricultural ministry official giv[ing] a lethal injection to a chicken before burning it." Seems appropriate somehow.

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