The Beach Boys' Al Jardine will have to get around without using the name of the band that helped define the 1960s California sound, a U.S. court of appeals ruled yesterday (Jan. 28) in San Francisco.

The Beach Boys' Al Jardine will have to get around without using the name of the band that helped define the 1960s California sound, a U.S. court of appeals ruled yesterday (Jan. 28) in San Francisco. Jardine, who co-founded the group in 1961 with brothers Brian, Carl, and Dennis Wilson and their cousin Mike Love, had toured in recent years with a group called the Beach Boys Family & Friends.

But other members of the band objected, resulting in a complicated legal dispute. "With two bands touring as the Beach Boys or as a similar sounding combination, show organizers sometimes were confused about what exactly they were getting when they booked Jardine's band," a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals wrote in its opinion.

"A number of show organizers booked Jardine's band thinking they would get the Beach Boys along with special added guests, but subsequently canceled the booking when it was discovered that Jardine's band was not what they thought it was," the ruling continued.

Love had negotiated a deal in 1998 to use the name Beach Boys for his band. Band members went to court and in 2000 won an injunction prohibiting Jardine from using the trademark "The Beach Boys" in the name of his latest group. The Appeals Court decision upheld that ruling.

On his official Web site, Jardine calls his latest group the All-Star Beach Band.


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