LL Cool J Is Victorious In Lawsuit Against Rock The Bells Festival
It has been more than five years since the Rock The Bells music festival transpired. 2013’s affair ended abruptly, citing poor sales before canceling the East Coast dates. However, starting in 2007, the traveling event was a major showcase for Hip-Hop talent in all facets. Headliners between ’07 and ’13 included Wu-Tang Clan, Rage Against The Machine, Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, Snoop Dogg, Lauryn Hill, and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony.
Despite nearly six years idle, LL Cool J and his legal team believed that Guerilla Union, who produced the Rock The Bells Festival, infringed on his property, and profited on something he created. LL famously released “Rock The Bells” as a single on his 1985 debut, Radio. It has become the name of his Sirius XM Hip-Hop station in recent years.
This week, a judge ordered that Guerilla Union provide LL with the social media accounts, website, and other intellectual property. L’s legal team accused the company of attempting to trademark the festival name without being granted permission. According to MSN, LL Cool J sued for unspecified damages. It is unknown if there was financial compensation. However, if Rock The Bells Music Festival ever plans to make a return, it will have to do so under a different name.
Presumably, the digital properties tied to the former festival may be re-purposed to LL’s current ventures.