Gibson Sues Funko For Usage Of Their Guitar Designs In Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Etc. Vinyl Figures

Gibson Brands Inc. have filed a suit against Funko over its usage of Gibson like designed guitars with their vinyl figures for various rock and metal artists. Gibson sued Funko earlier this month in California federal court, arguing that it owns the trademark for the Les Paul guitar, including the use of its likeness in toys, and that the pop culture toy company didn’t seek permission for its wildly popular vinyl figures to hold Gibson-design guitars. Funko has released figures of current and former Gibson endorsed musicians, including members of Metallica, Guns N’ Roses and Kiss.

Gibson Brands Inc. claims that the suit follows an unsuccesful attempt to initiate a retroactive licensing deal for the usage of their guitar designs with the vinyl figures.

States Gibson:

“The misuse of the Gibson trademarks by Funko was intended to cause, has caused, and is likely to continue to cause, consumer confusion, mistake or deception including the misleading of consumers into mistakenly believing that the defendant’s unauthorized products are made directly by Gibson pursuant to Gibson‘s strict quality control standards or Gibson has authorized or licensed the use by Funko of the Gibson trademarks for those products.”

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THE OBSESSED: Metal Injection Shares “On So Long” Acoustic Performance; US Headlining Dates Confirmed

View / Share THE OBSESSED’s “On So Long” HERE. Doom rock legends THE OBSESSED have shared an acoustic performance of “On So Long” recorded live at the Gibson Guitar Recording Studio in New York City. The song is a bonus track off the band’s recently-issued Sacred full-length album. Watch the full performance now via Metal […]

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Jesse Leach Teams Up With Chef Brian Tsao For “Small Bites Of Hope”

Chef Brian Tsao, known for his stint on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay and Chopped, as well as his heavy metal persona on the web series Taste of Metal, is hosting Small Bites Of Hope: a pop-up culinary event benefiting the non-profit organization Hope For The Day.

To celebrate Mental Health Awareness month in May, Tsao will team up Killswitch Engage frontman Jesse Leach to host a unique event that raises awareness for mental health advocacy and suicide prevention.

The event will offer exquisite catering from Tsao, signature cocktails from Bcraft, craft beer from Six Point Brewer, dessert from Snow Days, and more. Proceeds will benefit Hope for the Day, a non-profit organization that achieves proactive suicide prevention by providing outreach and mental health education through self-expression platforms.

The event takes place Thursday, May 18th from 6PM to 9PM at the Gibson Guitars Showroom, in the historic Hit Factory Studios on 251 West 54th Street, New York, New York 10019.

Tsao comments: “For too long, mental health has been ignored in the professional kitchens. With Small Bites of Hope, I want to present people in these harsh working environments with the opportunity to get help or give help to others that may need it. It only takes one to start the conversation that can resonate and help many others and this is that first major step for myself along with my friends in Hope for the Day and Jesse Leach!”

Leach, a known advocate for mental health, said, “I’m honored to be a part of Small Bites of Hope, to help raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention with my pal Chef Brian Tsao! It is a subject near and dear to me, so having a dialogue and helping shine some light on a topic that is not talked about enough is important.”

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Megadeth’s David Ellefson Checks In From Los Angeles Stop Of Gigantour 2012

Megadeth’s David Ellefson has checked in with a backstage video clip during a Bass Guitar Magazine UK and Hartke bass amp photo shoot at Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles, CA. Megadeth was in Los Angeles for another stop of the currently running Gigantour 2012.

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