New Album: Released, but someone stole my name!

November 2, 2009

Update: Looks like I’ll be keeping my artist name as Mons (since it is my actual name).  Hooray!

Well after many years, the new album is done, printed and available for sale.   I had a hugely successful album release over the weekend and sold almost all of the first printing of the cd.  I’m ecstatic at the wonderful reception it has been getting.

Purchase the album (and listen to samples) on the album page.  Also, check out the awesome artwork from the cd cover!

Cover art for the Mons self-titled album

Cover art for the "Mons" self-titled album

There is a bit of a snag however.  Before I can release the album into widespread distribution (iTunes, Amazon etc), I have to resolve a small issue.  Another artist, located in Washington D.C., decided a while back that “Mons” would be a fantastic name for his experimental electronica project.  His name isn’t Mons (mine is), but as far as I know since he’s been using it to sell cds for some years now, he can claim it as a trademark.  As far as I know, this doesn’t stop me from using my own name, but it does create some confusion in regards to searching for my music on iTunes, or musician profiles on cdbaby etc (if he’s already cdbaby.com/mons, then what would I name my profile?)

So, either I need to somehow convince this guy to release the trademark and stop using my name (Mons), or I need to come up with another name under which to make music.  If any trademark/copyright lawyers want to contact me with suggestions, feel free.

Also, if you have suggestions on what I should call myself if I need to change names, leave a comment and let me know!  “Mons” was so perfect.  I’m rather heartbroken that someone has co-opted my name for their own endeavours.

I can still sell the albums myself of course.  So, if you would like to purchase a cd (which may become a special collector’s item if I am forced to change my artistic name), then head over to the album page or click the button at the top of the side bar on the right!

Thanks, and enjoy!

- Mons

5 Responses to “New Album: Released, but someone stole my name!”

  1. I remember that Bush ran into the same problem back in the day, and they changed their name to Bush X.

    You could be Mons X.

  2. who stole your name?

  3. Well I have some suggestions on alternate names!

    Moms Love Mons
    Fuck That Other Guy, I’m the Real Mons
    The Mons AI (I like this one)
    TaiQi Death Machine

    Well… maybe you should just stick with Mons. When you get famous, you can have a ‘nemesis’ where he tries to get attention claiming he used the name first, then you can argue that you were given that name long before he chose it, then you can fight on the street for publicity.

  4. Aaron,you are so funny!

  5. Well I have some suggestions on alternate names!

    Moms Love Mons
    Fuck That Other Guy, I’m the Real Mons
    The Mons AI (I like this one)
    TaiQi Death Machine

    Well… maybe you should just stick with Mons. When you get famous, you can have a ‘nemesis’ where he tries to get attention claiming he used the name first, then you can argue that you were given that name long before he chose it, then you can fight on the street for publicity.

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