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."
To comment on a
story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of
does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details.
reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).