Oslo City District Court has delivered a verdict on the main question in the GORGOROTH trademark case, which took place at the end of January 2009. The court has decided that bassist King Ov Hell‘s trademark registration #243365 of the band name GORGOROTH is not valid and shall therefore be deleted.
The court states that King ov Hell (Tom Cato Visnes) and Gaahl (Kristian Espedal) excluded themselves from the band GORGOROTH when they tried to fire Infernus (Roger Tiegs) in October 2007. The court further states that Infernus cannot be excluded from GORGOROTH, unless he himself decides to quit. Infernus is very pleased, but not surprised, by this verdict. The remaining issues concerning financial matters and such are yet to be decided upon.
Blabbermouth.net has received the following statement from King ov Hell and Gaahl regarding the latest developments in their legal dispute with guitarist Infernus over the rights to the GORGOROTH band name:
“Regarding the recent court case over the use of the name GORGOROTH, Kristian Espedal and Tom Cato Visnes confirm that parts of the verdict have been decided and went in favour of Infernus. This is only a partial verdict on the case. Because of the complexity of this case, there will be further court hearings and the final verdict will be announced within a few weeks.
“Gaahl and King wish Infernus the best of luck using the banner of GORGOROTH on his art.
“Gaahl and King will still present the art they are known for creating in GORGOROTH albeit under another banner. The new name will be announced shortly.”