Kid Rock is being sued by the company that owns Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. And while you might assume the suit is the result of the circus wanting Rock to get back in his goddamn clown car where he belongs, it’s actually due to an alleged infringement of copyright. More specifically, the circus wants Rock to stop using the slogan “The Greatest Show on Earth,” which they say they own. Reports Reuters:
“Feld Entertainment, the production company that owns the longtime circus show and associated intellectual property, said in a lawsuit filed Friday that singer Robert Ritchie, known professionally as Kid Rock, and Live Nation Entertainment were infringing the circus’ ‘celebrated and valuable’ trademark by using the slogan on the singer’s upcoming U.S. concert tour without permission.
“The company, in the lawsuit filed on Friday in U.S. district court in Tampa, charged trademark dilution and infringement, unfair competition, injury to business reputation and unjust enrichment.”