Liverpool’s Cavern Club is taking the Hard Rock Cafe to court over the rights to the Cavern name in North America.
In 2011, an application by the UK’s Cavern City Tours to cancel the Hard Rock Cafe’s trademark to the name was rejected. Now, Cavern City Tours, who own the Liverpool club that, in its original form, was home to the Beatles, are taking the case to federal court in Orlando (where the Hard Rock company is based). Cavern City Tours’ lawyer Paul Rapp is calling the new action “basically an appeal”.
Both sides will submit motions to the court next month, and the trial will take place later this year.
Dave Jones of the Cavern Club says, “If this dispute is not put right, perhaps in some decades time kids might be confused into believing that the four lads who actually changed the world from a cellar bar in Liverpool instead started out at a Hard Rock. And that would be a travesty of history and a tragedy for music heritage.”