Former Beatles member Ringo Starr is fighting in court with a company that wants to register an erotic toy with a name almost identical to his. The 80-year-old drummer filed a lawsuit against Pacific Coast Holdings over the “Ring O” mark on a vibrating cock ring.
Named Richard Starkey, the musician created the stage name Ringo Starr in the 1960s, when he joined the country band Al Caldwell’s Texans. The ex-beatle has since 2008 allowed the owner of the sex toy brand Screaming O to use the unusual name for the sexual accessory, as long as it is not registered with Pacific Coast Holdings.
According to the British website Express, the legal fight started in 2018, as Starr has owned seven trademarks of his name since 1962 and did not want to be “officially” associated with a cock ring.
Pacific then accused the star of being a “trademark invader”, in addition to claiming that the target audience for the company’s erotic products is of a younger generation, who would not even know the Beatles and therefore would not do the such association of the toy with the artist.
The lawyers for the former partner of John Lennon (1940-1980), Paul McCartney and George Harrison (1943-2001) claimed a breach of agreement on the part of the company, as the use of the name Ring O was only allowed because they had declared that they never would register it.
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