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DON'T Infringe on ANY EAGLES' Trademarks Or You'll Be Sued!

A Mexican 'Hotel California' earns a lawsuit from the band...

May 3, 2017

THE EAGLES are notoriously protective of their trademarked images and songs...the band is no stranger to litigation against those who 'skirt' copyright laws, and they are very diligent about protecting what's theirs. The Eagles' attorneys are now focused on such a transgression by a Mexican hotel that is billing itself (without permission) as "Hotel California Baja," and a lawsuit has recently been filed in U.S. District Court against the Todos Santos hotel in Baja California Sur, Mexico. This particular hotel dates back to 1950, when it was called "Hotel California," and in subsequent years, it went thru a number of different owners & names before it went back to "Hotel California" in 2001. It also appears that the current owner's marketing and advertising for the hotel seems to suggest an affiliation with the heritage band, but, as emphatically stated in the lawsuit, there is none. Part of the complaint reads, “Defendants lead U.S. consumers to believe that the Todos Santos Hotel is associated with the Eagles and, among other things, served as the inspiration for the lyrics in ‘Hotel California,’ which is false.” One can't help but notice that the iconic album's cover depicts the famous Beverly Hills Hotel, but in past interviews, DON HENLEY has always insisted that the lyrics and any associated images are just 'metaphors:' “It’s basically a song about the dark underbelly of the American dream and about excess in America, which is something we knew a lot about,” he said.