Kraftwerk sues Kickstarter campaign over use of name
German startup eZelleron has raised more than $1.5 million on Kickstarter for a portable power device, although the name of the creation happens to be “Kraftwerk.” Ralf Hutter, the frontman of the electronic music group of the same name, has taken notice and, on Monday, filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Dresden-based eZelleron Inc. The company presumably used the name because Kraftwerk means “power station” in German.
The German translation is not stopping Hutter, however. In court papers recently obtained, the lawsuit states that the, “defendant is taking advance orders for the KRAFTWERK charging device. Therefore, consumers are likely to assume that there is a connection, association, or relationship between the famous electronic Music band and a charger for portable musical-playing devices.”
Via: Hollywood Reporter