The (missing) Cathedral Tributes
In another life, I used to do a lot of print design, so I tend to pay abnormally close attention to these things, I guess. But I noticed that Legacy 5 has taken down any direct mention of what was, until recently, being billed as “The Cathedrals Remembered” tributes put together by Currington Promotions. Currington is promoting a series of concerts in which several (though not all) former Cats members perform old Cats favorites. Nostalgia-fest Round 2,134. Kirk Talley and Ernie Haase are the most famous former members who have been conspicuously absent from these concerts since they started up last year.
I first noticed the absence of the Cathedrals name on the L5 website. Basically the same brochure that is in the February issue of the Singing News (p44-45) is posted online, except that the word “Cathedral” – as in “Cathedral Tribute” – has been dropped so that it now reads simply “Tribute Concert” (a pdf of the current brochure is here). But then again the word “Cathedrals” is used in a the running text a few lines later. So thinking I was maybe just making something out of nothing, I did a little research (ok, all I did was compare two L5 eletters but still … this is a blog, so “research” is a loose term)
Turns out, though, this is not just some coincidence. The January 31 eletter contains an ad for the “Cathedrals Remembered” concert. The February 7 eletter? “Reminder on Currington Promotions concerts,” the headline reads. “Just want to remind you about the special tribute events featuring Legacy Five, Greater Vision, the Mark Trammell Trio and Danny Funderburk.” The word “Cathedrals”? No where in sight.
It is Friday night and I am sitting at home catching up on a week’s worth of miscellaneous reading and browsing, but still … if I were a more a cynical guy, I might wonder if somebody’s legal muscle isn’t leaning on Currington and the groups affiliated with these “tribute concerts” to cease and desist using the Cats name. Assuming the Cathedrals estates haven’t authorized the use of the name (and I don’t know one way or another), are there any copyright or intellectual property lawyers out there who can weigh in on the likelihood that using the Cats name in these “tribute” concerts is actionable?Email this Post