6 months ago
One Mexican hotel is finding out what it feels like to be stabbed with the steely knives of the law.
According to Reuters, rock legends The Eagles are suing the hotel, which the band says is using the name “Hotel California” without its permission. The hotel’s located in Todos Santos in Baja California Sur. The hotel has even been selling merch related to its famous name—and playing The Eagles’ hit song for guests over its sound system.
In the lawsuit, the band showed how far the hotel had gone to make a buck off of the song, attempting to register “Hotel California” with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The hotel might actually have a decent case, given that it was called the Hotel California as early as 1950, though it did get renamed several times. The rebranding took place in 2001, when a Canadian couple bought the property and began marketing it as such.
At press time, it’s unclear whether the hotel offers pink champagne on ice, but the lawsuit is very, very real.
Below, listen to the hit song.