Beach Boys Settle

Former bandmates of Beach Boys fame, Mike Love and Al Jardine, have settled a long term lawsuit.

Over the name of the band.

Oy.

Love sued Jardine in April 2003 after he toured with groups under the names “Beach Boys Family & Friends,” “Al Jardine, Beach Boy” and “Al Jardine of the Beach Boys.” A federal judge ruled that Jardine could not use any reference to “Beach Boys” as it violated copyright laws. According to the suit, Love is the only person who may perform under the name “Beach Boys.”

The terms are confidential – of course.  And may I ask why Love can and Jardine can’t?  How is it possible only one Boy owns the copyright to the name?

I’m a little confused by the whole thing.