American club says Chameleone ‘stole’ DNA Lounge name

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Jose Chameleone's bar raises questions [Photos credit: Matooke Republic]

An American club is currently at loggerheads with Ugandan musician joseph Mayanja aka Jose Chameleone over the name of his new bar: DNA Lounge.

DNA Lounge has been one of San Francisco’s most popular nightclubs for over 33 years, hosting an always-eclectic variety of events, including all-ages live music, 18+ dance parties, burlesque shows, lecture series and private parties.

Two stages, four dance floors, seven bars and a full-service late-night restaurant and café, is located on 375 Eleventh Street San Francisco 94103.

DNA Lounge [American one]
Most recently declared both “Best Dance Club” and “Best Live Music Venue” in the SF Weekly Readers’ Poll, DNA Lounge has won over 60 “best of” awards from local publications like The Guardian, SF Weekly and 7×7 Magazine, and has been voted “Best Dance Club” every year since 2008.

San Francisco, in northern California, is a hilly city on the tip of a peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay.

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Now, the club’s management is accusing Leone Island singing doctor Jose Chameleone of using their name without permission.

On December 29, 2018, the club management used its twitter handle to ask Chameleone how he came up with the name of his bar after it was published by a local entertainment website, Matooke Republic.

“Hey @JChameleone, how did you come up with the name “DNA Lounge”? Was it by ripping off a world famous nightclub that has been called that for 33 years?” tweeted DNA Lounge management.

Chameleone answered: “Everything in the world has a name! Even you have a name that has existed before. Did you have any suggestions? We can alter.”

@JChameleone: “I am opening another one send me some suggestions.”

It is not yet clear where this rivalry will end or whether the Americans will involve Interpol in the saga.

Chameleone’s DNA Lounge

Chameleone’s bar

Chameleone on December 22nd 2018 opened his Kololo based Lounge to the public.

Matooke reported that Chameleone is also on course to launch Chameleone FM – his radio station this year 2019.

His bar is reported to be “cosy, spacious and homely” with well-chosen colours and artistic creativity.

The singer used the bar to give once apprentice and fallen friend – Mowzey Radio – a memorial by painting his portrait on the front of the bar.

This was well executed by artiste Monk.E who designed the late GoodLyfe singer’s mural—sort of a wall of fame.

Monk.E doing his thing at DNA Lounge

Legal option

Van Thompson, an American attorney and writer, says many entrepreneurs are surprised to learn that stealing someone else’s business idea is often perfectly legal.

In most cases, unless the idea is protected by a trademark, patent or copyright, other businesses can take the idea and run with it.

There are, however, some exceptions to this rule and the degree and obviousness of the theft can affect whether or not it is legal.

Copyright Infringement: Copyright infringement occurs when one person takes another person’s ideas that are preserved in some fixed, tangible form.

Trademark Infringement: Trademark protection is afforded to unique identifying business marks such as logos, business names and catch phrases.

Patent Infringement: Stealing someone else’s patented idea is a civil offense that can bring about lawsuits, but a patent must be registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to be protected.

Tortious Interference: this occurs when another person directly interferes with a business’s ability to operate. This offense usually involves other offenses, such as defamation.
DNA Lounge‏ @dnalounge: “Thank you, I would, suggest “anything else besides DNA Lounge”.”

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