Thomas Anders, half of the country’s most successful ‘80s pop duo Modern Talking, has won a case in the District Court of Hamburg against playback act Modern Talking Reloaded (MTR).
The court found the use of the name Modern Talking by MTR to be a violation of trademark protections, despite the addition of the word Reloaded.
It not only ordered MTR to cease using the name, but also ruled that MTR should pay compensation for damages.
The court also ruled that it was illegal for MTR to have used photos that can easily be confused with those of the original from Modern Talking.
“Both Thomas Anders as well as our firm find it of paramount importance to note that this suit does not aim to prohibit ordinary cover-band concerts,” says a spokesperson for Hamburg-based law firm Michow & Ulbricht.
“The goal is to protect fans from the false impression engendered by Modern Talking Reloaded that the original band Modern Talking would be performing.
“Thomas Anders has been repeatedly contacted by fans who complain that it was not made clear to them that these were not the original artistes, and not even a proper cover band concert, but only a full-play-back show in which the imitators would mime the dance moves of Modern Talking to the band’s original CDs.