ABBA Settles Lawsuit Against Tribute Band Over Use Of Name ‘Abba Mania’
The Swedish pop group ABBA sued British cover band over using the name Abba Mania without approval.
ABBA filed the lawsuit back in Dec. 3 in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, in which it accused Abba Mania’s managers of “parasitic and bad-faith conduct” for using the ABBA name, and its fame, in order to attract the ABBA fans and making them think that ABBA supports Abba Mania.
It reveled that the British band had rejected the demand of changing its name and the abbamania.com website, or to use the “ABBA Tribute” in a way that might relate confusing to the fans.
A settlement was eventually reached during a court proceeding last Thursday, which led ABBA to agree to dismiss its trademark infringement lawsuit with prejudice
Though one of the band’s lawyers told Billboard that Abba Mania will stop using that name, the British band has now promoted itself as “The Original Tribute from London’s West End!” And it specified on their website that “Abba Mania is [in] no way associated, affiliated, or endorsed by Polar Music or ABBA.”
First founded in the 70s, ABBA has sold an estimated 385 million records, including its most popular hits “Waterloo,” “Dancing Queen” and “The Winner Takes It All.” The group’s music has been featured in a Broadway musical and two movies – Mamma Mia! and Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!
The group released its first new album, after 40 years, Voyage, last November. It is currently planning a stage show featuring digital avatars of its members replicating their 1970s look.