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Ryan Cooper

Greensboro's Future Ghosts served a cease and desist from Chicago's Future Ghosts

By December 12, 2012

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It's a common occurrence in the music world - two bands discover they share the same name. What's not common is the way that this was handled.

When a Chicago band decided they wanted to exercise their right to hold the name Future Ghosts over a band from Greensboro, they took direct - and vicious - action. Rather than opt for an amicable agreement (or even attempting any sort of communication or resolution), they sent out an immediate cease and desist action, forcibly removing the Greensboro band's online presence just as they are gearing up for the release of their debut album.

Not only do these actions seem destructive to Future Ghosts, it sets a precedent that could make the whole scene a lot meaner.


Who Owns the Future Of Future Ghosts?



December 12, 2012 at 10:51 am
(1) Thomas Whittaker says:


Future Ghosts® is a creative vision that started in 2005 in Bloomington Indiana by Sean Whittaker. His vision was to incorporate and develop around his idea, Future Ghosts. Through demos, single song releases, free music, this idea developed as expected with many any other burgeoning rock bands using social media. Sean moved to Chicago in 2007 and continued his works on several previous releases and projects he put together for his social media pages.

Future Ghosts then started playing at several local venues and played regionally. Starting in 2010 to present, several
bands started using the Future Ghost’s name. Wanting to protect our brand, we went through the proper and legal channels to make so there is no confusion of the original vision of Future Ghosts. Today, the viability of Future Ghosts is evident by being played on one of the most prestigous radio shows in Chicago, “WXRT – Local Anesthetic”.

The irony of all this is that musicians often complain about how horrible the business side of music is, yet violate it’s own integrity by infringing on other trademarks and knowingly uploading covers of other people’s work on their sites. As an independent musicians, we need take a little time and understand the business details and respect those who have been in front of the line. Thats the only way it will get any better.

Trademark infingement should be taken seriously and bands need to be educated on terms and conditions when they post content on sites. At this point, we are only asking to rebrand their band name and distributed products in good faith as soon as possible to avoid any further confusion.

Future Ghosts®

December 12, 2012 at 6:17 pm
(2) Future Ghosts says:

A band called ‘Future Ghosts’ has been in existence in the UK earlier than 2005……. The album ‘Afterglow’ has a 2004 copyright.

December 12, 2012 at 7:22 pm
(3) Robyn says:

Just wondering why you shut down Future Ghost in Los Angeles with no warning. They did not receive a cease and desist notice.

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