When you think of the Hotel California, do you think of the Eagles song, or do you think of the Mexican Hotel? Well, the likelihood is that you think of the song. But it seems the Eagles are now trying to sue the little hotel in Mexico because of their name.
On May 1, 2017, the band filed a complaint against The Hotel California. In their complaint, they argue that the hotel ‘actively encourages’ their guests to believe that the hotel they are staying in is associated with the band and their song. It says:
Defendants lead US 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.
Within this lawsuit, the band is apparently seeking ‘a variety of damages and a halt to infringement.’
Which we’d get – if the hotel was named The Hotel California AFTER the song was released. But it wasn’t. In fact, the Hotel was called this in 1950, whereas the Eagles song was released in 1976. During it’s lifetime, the hotel has gone through major changes – including it’s name – and changed back to The Hotel California in 2001.
I mean, aren’t there better things to be doing? Don’t they have enough money? It seems we’re not the only ones who think this way, and Twitter users have had their say on the matter.
Here are some of our favorites. Twitter, we love you.
The Eagles first became suspicious when someone checked out and was still allowed to leave. https://t.co/72AYYG7HmZ
— Tony Dehner (@Totally_Dehner) 2 May 2017
The Eagles are suing ‘Hotel California’ in Mexico for trademark infringement. The hotel apologized and changed it’s name to Hotel Desperado.
— Joshua Krilov (@JoshuaKrilov) May 3, 2017
Come on guys you are multi, multi, multi millionaires ? https://t.co/Xs8ulnMTEh
— Luke Hirst (@eskimofandango) 2 May 2017
This is the Dad Rock version of a snake eating its own tail https://t.co/ALpNOekh5f
— Dan Cassaro (@Dan_Cassaro) 2 May 2017