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Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by LeoSash, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. LeoSash


    Feb 13, 2012
    Well you see, i've been in this Jazz band for a couple of months now, we do Classic jazz tunes (plus more modern tunes) with our own twist (sometimes doing hip hop and other stuff).

    However, we've been running with this name called New Jazz Flow (based on kayne wests song New God Flow, which we covered) for a while and we generally like the name, but i'm unsure whether that's like taking from the artist or stealing or whatever.

    Does that sound like a copyright thing?
  2. Mackluth


    Jun 9, 2012
    Atlanta, GA
    Plenty of bands have used actual song lyrics as their band names. I can't remember any off the top of my head, but I remember reading about a few. I don't think there's a problem. Regardless, you've changed it enough with substituting in jazz that there wouldn't be any issues. That's how I see it at least. That sounds like a cool project by the way. Do you guys have a facebook page or anything?
  3. LeoSash


    Feb 13, 2012
    Well, i was worried about the whole name thing, so we never made anything. We have a few videos on my keyboardists channel, but only 2 i really like.


    I'll probably make the facebook page at least so if we do change it(probably not) then i can always make a new one or change the name.
  4. birdman14


    Feb 7, 2011
    One example of a band using a lyric is The Jam, who are named after the song Kick out the Jams by the MC5.

    Personally, I see nothing wrong about using a name based off of another person's song.
  5. EddiePlaysBass


    Feb 26, 2009
    Even if you named your band "New God Flow" I still do not see the problem. There's a local band here called "A Boy Named Sue". Johnny Cash' heirs haven't filed any complaints yet. Now if you'd called yourselves "Kanye West's New Jazz Flow" that might have been a different story altogether :)
  6. The Rolling Stones got their name from Muddy Waters's "Rollin' Stone Blues", +1 million other examples.
  7. Bert Slide

    Bert Slide

    May 16, 2012
    Louisville KY
    "Brothers and sisters! Are you ready to testify?"
  8. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    No. It sounds like "a trademark thing." And you should have no problem with any possible infringement claim, since the name of a band doesn't directly infringe upon the name of a piece of music.

    Copyrights govern rights to creative output - such as songs, lyrics, novels, poems, films, scripts, computer/video games, etc.

    Trademarks govern rights to the names of organizations, i.e., enterprises, companies, firms, partnerships, bands, etc., as well as specific products and/or services generated by those organizations, i.e. brands, etc.

  9. RoadRanger

    RoadRanger Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2004
    NE CT
  10. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    Nope, your fine... and seriously you're worried about stealing from Kanye West? Read his liner notes, that guy steals every single one of his beat hooks from classic R&B, soul, and blues music... he lost me after late registration anyways... damn the record killed though.
  11. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
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    Good band name!

    Good luck with your project.:bassist:

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