Immortal’s Demonaz & Horgh Have Been Fighting Each Over The Band’s Trademark Rights


When Immortal and their former frontman Olve “Abbath Doom Occulta” Eikemo parted ways back in 2015, a dispute over control of the band’s trademark erupted. On one side was Eikemo and on the other was Immortal‘s Harald “Demonaz Doom Occulta” Nævdal and Reidar “Horgh” Horghagen. That battle eventually went before the Norwegian Patent Office, Patentstyret, with Nævdal and Horghagen being awarded the rights to the band’s name.

Several years on from that, Nævdal and Horghagen have since been involved legal dispute against each other over the band’s name. A report filed by VG last month reveals that Nævdal registered ‘Immortal‘ as his exclusive trademark back in July of 2019. That request was eventually granted, though allegedly made without the approval or advance knowledge of Horghagen.

Thus, Horghagen successfully appealed the decision with the rights to the band remaining a joint partnership in relation to the members of the band itself rather than individual members. Notably, Horghagen also attempted to become a permanent co-owner of the trademark as part of the dispute, but was rejected.

At the time of the VG article being published (July 13th, 2020), Nævdal planned to further pursue legal action in regards to the matter. He was quoted as insisting he should be awarded the exclusive trademark due to being “the band’s only remaining original member” who had been on all of the band’s releases.

Horghagen told VG of the situation:

“It could never have occurred to me to register the trademark on myself as Nævdal has done here, but I have found myself having to fight to keep the rights I have earned through a long career in this band. It is, and after all has been for many years, a large part of my livelihood.”

Horghagen later stated that despite the dispute and apparent acrimony in the band, he hopes that they can one day put the issues behind them and get back to performing live. Nævdal meanwhile claims to have written a new album, which certainly could prove troublesome in releasing until the band iron out their issues.

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