SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled that former Beach Boys singer-guitarist Al Jardine can't use the term "Beach Boys" in his touring band.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a federal judge who ruled two years ago that Jardine was infringing on the trademark of Brother Records Inc., which owns the rights of the Beach Boys works. The Beach Boys rode a wave of popularity from hits such as "Surfin' USA."
Brother Records is jointly held by Jardine, Mike Love, Brian Wilson and the estate of Carl Wilson.
In 1998, Jardine, 60, began touring as "Beach Boys Family and Friends" and as other names that included "Beach Boys." Brother Records sued.