As you may have heard, Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn recently filed a lawsuit against his former bandmates, some of whom are currently performing Black Flag songs under the name “Flag“. While people on the internet have come up with their own speculations regarding the motivation behind the suit, Black Flag has released an official statement explaining why they felt the need to take legal action against Henry Rollins, and the members of Flag.
The dispute over Black Flag is not motivated by an effort to stop anyone from covering Black Flag songs. Quite to the contrary. this dispute began when Henry Garfield (Rollins) and Keith Morris made an effort to hijack the name — and the logo — for their own use. Behind everyone’s back, in September 2012, Garfield and Morris filed fraudulent trademark applications in which they are claiming to own the name and the logo. Had we not taken action, this pair could have snuck these false applications through the Trademark Office, enabling them to stop Black Flag from playing and gaining exclusive use of the name and logo for themselves. We are also trying to stop Morris and the others in his band from using the name and the logo in a misleading way, and from selling bootleg items.
– Black Flag
Black Flag broke up back in 1986, although many of the former members have reunited occasionally since. They have announced plans to release a new album sometime in the future.