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Birgit Clark

In a case concerning the enforcement of trade mark rights in the name of a deceased celebrity, the Bundesgerichtshof ruled that neither use of the domain name ‘zappa.com’, nor use of the sign ‘Zappa Records’ was sufficient to prove genuine use of the trade mark ZAPPA under Articles 15 (1), (2a) EC Regulation 40/94 and confirmed that the heirs of the famous musician Frank Zappa cannot prevent a German music festival from calling itself ‘Zappanale’.