APOCALYPTICA Ordered To Pay $60,000 To RAMMSTEIN In Trademark Infringement Dispute

January 7, 2011

According to Anwalt24.de, Finnish rock cello quartet APOCALYPTICA has been ordered to pay 45,000 euros (approximately $59,000) in damages to German industrial metallers RAMMSTEIN in connection with a German advertising campaign for APOCALYPTICA's 2007 album, "Worlds Collide". RAMMSTEIN frontman Till Lindemann was one of several featured vocalists on the CD, which was reportedly being sold in Germany with a sticker across the cover stating "featuring RAMMSTEIN." The judgment was entered at the Regional Court of Berlin last month awarding compensation to RAMMSTEIN for trademark infringement.

As previously reported, APOCALYPTICA has been forced to pull the vocals of SHINEDOWN frontman Brent Smith off the band's new single, "Not Strong Enough". Smith's vocal track remains on the version found on the group's latest album, "7th Symphony". But a source told The Pulse Of Radio that APOCALYPTICA failed to secure the right to release the song to radio with Smith's voice on it from SHINEDOWN's label, Atlantic Records. Instead, the radio version will feature vocals from HOOBASTANK's Doug Robb.

"7th Symphony" also features guest vocals from FLYLEAF singer Lacey Mosley and BUSH's Gavin Rossdale, in addition to Smith.

APOCALYPTICA will resume all touring activities in February, after postponing a U.S. tour and a number of European dates due to health issues on the part of member Perttu Kivilaakso.

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