Glenn Danzig has filed a lawsuit against Jerry Only stemming from issues with the Misfits band using a fiend skull logo on merchandise. Danzig argues that he has the full rights to merchandising the trademark.
The iconic Misfits skull has been worn on tshirts for decades. According to Blabber Mouth and StereoGum, in 2000, Only signed a contract with Hot Topic licensing the trademarked logo to be used on many different types of products from shoes, to hats, to bikinis, and shower curtains. Danzig is suing Only for signing the deal without his knowledge and interfering with Danzig’s rights to merchandising the trademark.
Jerry Only stated that Danzig had left his rights to the logo behind more than 20 years ago. Only contends to having the sole legal rights of touring and recording. He then launched a licensing program called, Cycolpain Music which he used to brand the logo.
According to the statement, Danzig wanted “no public association” with the band after he left and signed away his rights when he left the band in 1983. Only also contends to being 100% lawful with his contracts and is not violating any others.
“Danzig’s lawsuit is nothing more than a calculated attempt to unfairly and improperly enrich himself from revenue streams to which he is not entitled.”
Danzig has waited fourteen years later to make any moves against the Misfits brand and the reason is most likely to receive what he believes is his portion of the profits made by the logo.
“In 1995, Misfits founding member Jerry Only secured the exclusive legal right to tour and record as the Misfits, and, in accordance with those legal rights, launched a licensing program through Cyclopian Music. At the same time, Glenn Anzalone–professionally known as Glenn Danzig (former co-founder and Misfits vocalist circa 1977 to 1983) –made clear that he wanted no public association with the Misfits or Cyclopian Music’s business endeavors,” am official statement read.