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ABBA To Sue "Parasitic" Tribute Act

ABBA are to sue major tribue act ABBA MANIA over a trademark infringement.

Describing the tribute band's behaviour as "parasitic and bad faith", ABBA have also claimed that the tribute act are purposely misleading fans into believing that they are endorsed by the real ABBA. 

Described as “the original tribute from London’s West End”, ABBA MANIA claim that their live shows are, “highly polished and professional production”.

They are due to perform live gigs at Manchester, Lytham and Neath in North Wales. 

This lawsuit reads the following, “Defendants include the term ‘official’ and ‘original’ in many of their marketing materials, website pages, and social media handles. Which gives consumers the impression that there is some kind of association, affiliation, or sponsorship between ABBA and ABBA MANIA”.

They also claimed that ABBA turned down their request to change the band name. 

“In an attempt to amicably resolve this dispute, [ABBA] explained how defendants could properly use the phrase ‘ABBA Tribute’ in a non-confusing manner to describe their tribute act so long as the actual name of the tribute act did not include the word ABBA,” the suit continued.

“But Defendants refused to comply and cease use of the name ABBA MANIA". 

ABBA previously released their first album in 40 years, "Voyage" along with Christmas single "Little Things". 

 

 

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