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Mexico Hotel California rejects trademark ripoff claims

Hotel CaliforniaThe proprietors of a Hotel California in Mexico have rejected claims by the Eagles they are infringing on trademark rights. The US band is taking the hotel’s owners to court and claims they have the rights to the name Hotel California and any associated activities.

The hotel’s owners say they are in no way, shape or form connected with the Eagles or the famous song. They even have a note on the Hotel California Baja’s website saying the establishment has never been owned by the band, or any of its members, during the seven decades since it was built.

In a response to the original lawsuit lodged on 1 May, the owners dismiss the band’s claim as baseless and say the Hotel California’s name is not used to create confusion or show the song and the hotel are linked. The defendants have lodged their responses with the federal court in Los Angeles.

Repeating the demand for the case to be thrown out of court, The Hotel California’s owners noted that it was 40 years since the Eagles released the album Hotel California and its title track. They say the claim is not valid as any trademark rights claims should have been made when the records were first released.

Although the boutique hotel in the town of Todos Santos was called Hotel California when it welcomed its first guests in 1950, it went through several name changes before reverting to the original one in 2001. Los Angeles judge Gary Klausner has scheduled the next hearing in the case for the 21 August.

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