Judge says CBS’ Supernova has to change its name

A judge has granted a preliminary injunction against Rock Star: Supernova, which means that, once formed tonight, the new group may not perform under the name it has used all summer long.

Judge John Houston said Supernova is prevented from “performing rock and roll music, or recording, or selling rock and roll music recordings under the same [name], pending a trial of this action on its merits, or until otherwise ordered by the court.”

In August, the band already named Supernova filed for the injunction after previously suing the producers and CBS over use of their name.

The judge said that “irreparable harm [to the original Supernova] is presumed” and “defendants access to [a] large amount of monetary and promotional resources will effectively diminish, if not eliminate, [the original Supernova’s] commercial presence in the marketplace.” He also said “there is evidence of actual confusion in the market,” because they will both be rock groups with the name Supernova.

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