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Truth In Music Advertising Seeks To Ban Fake Bands

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We have legislation to prevent violations of copyrights, trademarks and patents, and we may soon have legislation to ban "impostor" music bands.  That's right, while your memory of what the Drifters, Platters  & the Coasters looked like, you likely remember what they sound like, and there's apparently plenty of performers who will imitate these and other bands, but tell you that they were once part of the group, even though they weren't.

There's about twelve states with such legislation already on the books, so California's a bit behind the curve.  Nonetheless, Assembly Bill 702, the "Truth in Music Advertising Act" appears headed for an easy victory in the Senate, having already passed the Assembly with flying colors.  Governator Schwarzenegger has indicated he would sign the legislation if passed.  The Act would impose statutory penalties on violators. 

But don't fret:  tribute bands with at least one original member of the band who has the legal right to use the band's name would be exempted.  I've always wanted to hear The Supremes again.

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