Tops Win Name Rights in Britain
What’s in a name? According to the Associated press, a British judge has ordered a rival group to stop using the Four Tops name. There are tribute acts everywhere. In Las Vegas, the Elvis impersonators alone are an industry, but High Court judge Nicholas Warren says that Oliver Miller crossed the line when he used “Viscount Oliver’s American Dream the Legendary Four Tops” to promote his band’s tribute act. He also ordered Miller to pay yet to be determined financial damages. The Tops British lawyer said that, “Today’s ruling was important for the Four Tops because it permitted them to protect their legacy in the U.K.” The?Tops are in a six-way tie for the 10th most popular act to chart on Keener, with 18 different records making finding their way to the WKNR Music Guide. They share the spot with the Dave Clark Five, Neil Diamon, The Miracles, The Raiders and the Rolling Stones.