RAMMSTEIN Threaten Legal Action Against Fan Site

RAMMSTEIN's management has threatened to sue top German RAMMSTEIN fan site, RammsteinFan.de, over allegations that the site's owners are capitalizing on the band's name. According to another RAMMSTEIN fan site, Herzeleid.com, "Sebastian, the owner of the Berlin-based Rammsteinfan.de, received a fourteen-page legal notice [Thursday, July 29] — he must shut down his website and hand the domain name over to RAMMSTEIN's management or he will face a penalty of 75,000 € [approximately $90,000]. If he complies he must only pay a small fraction of it.

"The name 'RAMMSTEIN' is legally protected, and therefore they can force him to transfer the name no matter what, but the reason given was the advertising on his website for eBay and an online T-shirt store. They claim he is capitalizing on the band's name because with a domain like that, it might not be clear to the visitors that RAMMSTEIN aren't promoting these things themselves. In the past they have ordered him to remove copyrighted pictures and ringtones from his site, and he has complied.

"At this point it is not fully known what will happen, but the site will remain online until Monday. After that, only the chat and forum will remain."

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