- 03 May 17
You read it right.
Mexico's Hotel California is in the hot seat for allegedly stealing the name of the famous Eagles song by the same name.
The Eagles first became suspicious when someone checked out and was still allowed to leave. https://t.co/72AYYG7HmZ
— Tony Dehner (@Totally_Dehner) May 2, 2017
The hotel did not just use the name, however. They play the song through lobby speakers, sell Eagles merchandise, and want tourists to genuinely believe that theirs is the legendary establishment.
The tricky part is that the hotel was officially and originally named Hotel California in 1950 and returned to that name after some name changes throughout the decades. The Eagles released their hit in 1976. So who owns the name?
Follow Eagles Ltd v Hotel California Baja LLC et al, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, No. 17-03276 to see the outcome.