Jeffrey Sutorius must forfeit the Dash Berlin name
Former Dash Berlin constituent Jeffrey Sutorius must transfer all Dash Berlin trademarks to former group members Eelke Kalberg and Sebastiaan Molijn, effective March 17. In accordance with the ruling, issued the week of March 22, Sutorius is not permitted to release music under the Dash Berlin moniker or use the name for other purposes.
Sutorius had been embroiled in a legal tangle for the Dash Berlin trademark since he announced his decision to go solo in 2018. He announced the new development in a March 29 statement, stating,
“Unfortunately, it has been sentenced last week that the Dash Berlin trademarks must be transferred to my former partners in Dash Berlin and that as of March 17th I cannot use the name Dash Berlin, as I’ve done in the past 13 years, any longer. I know this seems weird and to me personally it feels very unfair, but it is something that I have to accept and deal with for now. Therefore, from today onwards, I will be performing, producing, and releasing exactly as you are used to, under my own name, JEFFREY SUTORIUS, and no one will ever be able to take that name away from me.”
The verdict follows the June 2019 news that Sutorius, Kalberg, and Molijn had reached an agreement concerning the Dash Berlin trademark. At the time, the group members collectively informed fans that Sutorius could continue to singularly lead the Dash Berlin project while Karlberg and Molijn would pursue other opportunities in the industry. Sutorius’ statement can be read in full below.
A personal message from me.— Jeffrey Sutorius (Official) (@Jeff_Sutorius) March 29, 2021
Love, Jeffrey pic.twitter.com/mNI5mLmFkF
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