As we deconstructed back in June, this year has seen two different Black Flag related reunions. The founding guitarist Greg Ginn is touring with Ron Reyes as Black Flag. They have released new songs, and are currently on an extensive US tour. Meanwhile, former Black Flag members Keith Morris, Dez Cadena, Chuck Dukowski, and Bill Stevenson are touring as FLAG. And now, obviously, there is a lawsuit over copyright infringement.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ginn has filed a lawsuit against the members of FLAG, claiming the band’s re-purposing of Black Flag’s name and logo “infringes on Black Flag rights owned by him and his label, SST Records.” “Ginn accuses Garfield and Morris of lying to the Trademark Office on registrations,” reports the Reporter, “using his own label’s record covers to feign as though they’ve been continuing to use Black Flag since 1979, and in an what’s alleged to be an act of ‘outrageous fraud’ using bootleg SST t-shirts in an attempt to show they’ve been making such products in that time.” Read the suit online here. Henry Rollins is named as a defendant.