LL Cool J is accusing the promoters of the hip-hop festival Rock The Bells of ripping him off, and he is demanding a judge stop them down from using his famous song title.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the legendary rap star is suing the promoter Guerilla Union, Inc.
LL Cool J says the concert promoter and its founder, Chang Weisberg, filed to trademark "Rock the Bells" back in 2004. LL released a song called "Rock the Bells" in 1985 and launched a SiriusXM hip-hop channel named Rock The Bells Radio earlier this year.
He claims Guerilla filed for the trademark without his permission to use for a hip-hop music festival, which launched in 2004 and ran through 2013.
The rapper says he petitioned the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to cancel all of Guerilla Union’s trademarks, which the board granted last year.
Despite the board's decision, he says the concert promoter continues to try and trademark the name for various purposes.
LL Cool J is demanding a judge grant an injunction prohibiting the promoter from using the mark and for unspecified damages.