Journey guitarist Neal Schon breaks silence Steve Perry‘s recent Journey trademark lawsuit against Schon himself and keyboardist Jonathan Cain. According to him, it was the real side of the story.
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In the recent past, Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain owned the trademarks registrations of Journey that covered the usage of everything related to the band. In this way, the band took the chance to sue someone else who used the band’s name without their permission easily. Featuring their own company, Freedom JN LLC, the trademarks officially covered the usage of the names on hoodies, t-shirts, and more.
On September 20, Ultimate Classic Rock issued a statement that said Steve Perry had filed a petition to cancel the registrations for 20 hit songs by Journey. According to the petition, Steve Perry said they had an agreement, which included him and his former bandmates, that required unanimous consent for any business decision related to Journey‘s trademarks and movements. He then added that he did not allow this consent, as well as accused Schon and Cain of fraud on the trademark office.
Recently, Neal Schon took to its social pages to talk about Steve Perry‘s recent act on the Journey trademark lawsuit. Aiming to tell everyone the real side of the issue, Schon called Perry‘s Journey trademark lawsuit “a bunch of total crap.”
“Here’s how it goes friends,” he continued. “Jon Cain calls a board of directors meeting out of nowhere then before I found out about the meeting Jonathan came to me and said he didn’t like what they were planning.
“On that meeting Steve, Ross, Smith and Herbie voted myself and Cain off the board of directors and Steve and all voted Ross in my place and Smith in Jon’s. They all knew at this time I’d been investigating our trademarks for years trying to get to the bottom of all corruption as we found (my wife and I) that nothing had ever been trademarked besides our music. They all went for a takeover and it didn’t work. Quite simple.
“So my wife Micheale Schon found a legitimate trademark attorney that wasn’t in the corrupt musical circles and we were then successful in attaining it to protect everything we built. We had been getting ripped off since the beginning until I shut it down.”
Neal Schon Asks ‘Why Did Nobody Else Help’ Them To Trademark Journey Stuff
In the continuation, Neal Schon went on to touch on nobody else’s, especially other group members, not helping them to get Journey‘s trademarks. According to him, that was a “giant corrupt ring” of individuals who financially benefited from the group’s stuff.
“So the question is ‘Why did Nobody else’s (attorneys Steve’s – who was actually ours at one time also and individual band attorneys and accountants) and other so called trade mark attorneys help us do this? It was a giant corrupted ring of people that either Management or accountants hired to work for us cashing in on all our merchandise till now,” Schon continues.
“At this point I decided to go for All album titles as well as song titles. The more we got educated on how songwriting and copyrights have nothing to do with trademarks… You haven’t heard the last of this friends. We are going to peel back the onion.”
Steve Perry‘s presentation for the cancellation of Journey‘s commercial use in the petition are as follows:
- Only the Young
- Stay Awhile
- Trial By Fire
- Any Way You Want It
- Wheel in the Sky
- Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’
- Good Morning Girl
- Raised on Radio
- Separate Ways
- Still They Ride
- Whos Crying Now
- Send Her My Love
- I’ll Be Alright Without You
- After the Fall
- The Girl Can’t Help It
- Ask the Lonely
- Stone in Love
- When You Love a Woman
- Open Arms
- Hopelessly in Love