Rage Against The Machine allegedly sent Cease and Desist notice to Nigel Farage with “allegedly” being the operative word.
TMZ wannabe celebrity gossip site The Blast is reporting that they’ve seen a legal letter from Rage Against The Machine to former British politician Nigel Farage ordering him to stop using the name ‘Farage Against the Machine‘ for his show on LBC radio. The letter is said to have been sent from lawyer Howard King yesterday and is alleged to include the following statements –
- “brazenly and unlawfully exploits our client’s name and logo,”
- “implication of any endorsement by our client of you or your policies is particularly abhorrent.”
- “RATM has publicly denounced the type o f right-wing ideology you espouse for decades; in fact, that has been an integral part of the band’s identity and purpose.”
- “Your anti-immigrant rhetoric, lack of social compassion and barely disguised racism and xenophobia are the antithesis of what RATM stands for. Stop using RATM’s name and logo, change the name of your podcast and find some other target to troll. We suggest President Trump.”
- [immediate cessation of all promotion and marketing that] “falsely associates you, your colleagues at LBC and Fox, and your far-right political views with RATM.”
We here at The Metal Report doubt the legitimacy of the cease and desist letter from previous experience with these kinds of letters. The language included in the penultimate bullet point is incredibly unprofessional and is not the sort of language that would be usually included in a formal legal letter. Also, the biggest stumbling block is that Rage Against The Machine have no legal grounds for sending a cease and desist notice.
While the band registered trademarks for their name in the 1990’s, these appear to have lapsed and it’s very difficult to trademark a phrase except for specific uses. The band claim that Farage’s podcast uses their logo, which it doesn’t and doesn’t even use a similar font so that too is false.
While Rage Against The Machine have claimed that front man Zack de la Roche coined the phrase in reference to a van he owned that constantly broke down, the name is more likely to have been taken from a section of the Communist Manifesto which describes destroying production machinery and factories in rising up against a system which holds mankind down. The band have long used Communist imagery as part of their act and are openly far left leaning politically.
In 1994 Infectious Grooves released a diss track aimed at RATM called ‘Do What I tell Ya!‘ parodying Rage’s music, referring to the band being anti-capitalist while being millionaires signed to Sony.