US rock band Eagles takes Mexican ‘Hotel California’ to court over copyright infringement

Source:AFP Published: 2017/5/4 17:43:39

The Eagles have sued a "Hotel California" in Mexico, saying the owners falsely insinuated an association with the band's famous song.

The country-rooted rockers, whose hits from the 1970s make them among the top-selling bands of all time, asked the Hotel California to drop the name and hand over profits from selling merchandise.

The hotel in the town of Todos Santos near the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula was originally called Hotel California but the name had long since been changed.

The lawsuit, filed this week in a federal court in Los Angeles, charged that Canadian couple Debbie and John Stewart tried to create a new mystique around the hotel after buying it in 2001.

The lawsuit quoted online reviews by guests who appeared to believe that the song was inspired by the hotel.

"Consumers who visit the hotel and purchase defendants' merchandise then return to the United States with the infringing merchandise and inform others that they have visited 'the' Hotel California made famous by the Eagles," it said.

The owners, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit, state clearly that they do not have a link to the band.

 

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