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The Eagles Sue Hotel California

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By    |   Wednesday, 03 May 2017 06:43 AM

The Eagles are suing the Hotel California, an actual hotel located in Mexico, charging its owners are trying to profit off the name of the band's iconic song.

"Hotel California" was the title of The Eagles' 1976 album and hit single which won the Grammy Award for record of the year in 1977. The song has arguably become the band's most recognizable tune as well.

The band, which was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, charged in the federal lawsuit filed Monday that the current owners sell t-shirts and merchandise to lead guests to believe that the hotel is associated with the band, noted Reuters. The hotel is located in Todos Santos in Baja California Sur.

On the hotel's website, the 11-room facility bills itself as the "legendary Hotel California" with a line from the song "Welcome to the Hotel California" following.

"Defendants lead U.S. consumers to believe that the Todos Santos Hotel is associated with the Eagles and, among other things, served as the inspiration for the lyrics in 'Hotel California,' which is false," the complaint said.

The band charged that the song "Hotel California," along with other songs from the Eagles, can be heard throughout the hotel and that the owners had applied to get the Hotel California name registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, according to Reuters.

Eagles attorney Laura Wytsma wrote in the complaint that the song is the "essence of the band itself" and it has sold its own Hotel California merchandise since the late 1970s, said The Hollywood Reporter.

The lawsuit said the small hotel originally opened as the Hotel California in 1950 but went thought several name changes until the current owners Debbie and John Stewart bought it in 2001.

The lawsuit claimed that they revitalized the business by attempting to make a connection with it and the band.

The Eagles are seeking an injunction to stop the hotel from using the name Hotel California or doing anything else to imply a tie with the band, along with receiving all related profits, including actual and exemplary damages.

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