Don’t Doobie

The Doobie Brothers - The Doobie Decimal SystemThe Doobie Brothers have filed a trademark lawsuit against a ’70s cover band called the Doobie Decimal System, claiming the band’s name is “confusingly similar”. Music is a doctor. But can the doctor heal this legal wound?

The American rock band The Doobie Brothers has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide throughout their five decade career, with their biggest success occurring in the 1970s.

Smart as they are, the band has trademarked their band name, as well as the name “Doobies” for musical performances.

In light of their trademarks, the have sued a band called “The Doobie Decimal System”, claiming the name is “highly phonetically and visually similar” to their own, a similarity further compounded by the larger font used for the word “Doobie” in the Decimal System’s website and concert posters.

The name The Doobie Decimal System refers, of course, to “The Dewey Decimal Classification”, the world famous library classification system. But still, the name is very similar.

The Doobie Brothers claim they’ve reached out to the cover band, but state the duo stopped responding. They’re seeking “an accounting, an injunction and punitive damages for trademark infringement, false designation of origin and unfair competition.”

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Erwin Hauër

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