Kid Rock Sued By Circus In Trademark Beef

Billboard Magazine reports:

Kid Rock is in legal hot water for using the phrase “The Greatest Show on Earth” without permission from its trademark owners.

The phrase belongs to Feld Entertainment, longtime owners of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which took the touring extravaganza off the road earlier this year, but retained all intellectual property for the circus including its famous trademarked tagline “The Greatest Show on Earth.”

Now Feld is suing both Kid Rock and Live Nation in Federal court in Florida, arguing that the singer did not ask permission when using the tagline to promote his 2018 “Greatest Show on Earth” arena tour, which begins January in Nashville.

  • PickyPecker


  • DumbHairyApe

    These folk are so ethical and upright.

  • pj

    he plays arenas?

  • Butch

    Kid Rock is the greatest show on earth and I am the Queen of England. Please.

    • Professor Barnhardt

      I don’t know about the England part, but….

      • Butch

        At least I wear hats that fit.

  • PickyPecker
    • Boreal

      Way more than half, Hillary. Try all.

      • JT

        That’s certainly more like it now.

      • Judas Peckerwood

        Every. Single. One.

        • Nowhereman

          I agree. In for a penny, in for a pound.

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    • yes b’y

      I hope you’re ok Picky.

      • PickyPecker

        Busy trying to wrap up the details of someone’s life that lasted 75 years. Lots to do. (see my reply to fuszzybits above).
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    • fuzzybits

      Hope you’re doing alright.

      • PickyPecker

        Off work today. Busy on the phone cancelling subscriptions, seeing what credit cards can be shut down, signing cremation papers, trying to write the obit and making decisions with my siblings on what is to happen and where. There will be two services – a joy as none of us are particularly religious if at all (one where she lives now and one ‘back home’ – a long, long way away for which we have to plan the trip). ugh. Busy is good right now, tho.

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        • teeveedub

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    • eddiebeskeddie

      she said half but they ALL took offence. Kind of like that Carly Simon song.

  • Paula

    This guy is a galaxy class asshole.

  • normadesmond

    Could he get away with it if he inserted a caret (^)
    (before the word show) with the word “shit” scribbled above it?

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    • Tor

      I’d vote for Zach in a heartbeat, but you’ll not find me in Iowa.

  • JWC


  • Boreal

    Good I hope they win. Kid rock is a maggot.

    • Bluto


  • Ringling no doubt has a solid case. They’ve had that trademarked for generations now.

    • Natty Enquirer

      However, Kid Rock et al. could argue that Feld has withdrawn the product represented by the trademark and thus lost its registration.

      • JAKvirginia

        I could buy that argument if KR could prove he was the “greatest show on Earth”, which I seriously doubt.

        • Miji

          Exactly. They could at least claim fraud.

      • Rusty Redfield

        I don’t think that theory will fly under trade-mark law. Otherwise you could start a band called the Beatles.

    • Bambino

      But, but it’s freedumb of spich covetted by the furst emmanment.

  • PickyPecker

    OT: In advance of NYE…just dropped from PMJ. Enjoy!’

  • Licensed Troll

    It’s nice to see that professional douche nozzle have a headache to deal with.

    • teeveedub

      Do you think he has enough brain cells to actually have a headache?

      • Licensed Troll

        I won’t discount his success by calling him an idiot, he’s just an entitled douche but probably a reasonably intelligent douche.

  • LovesIrony

    Stupidest Shithead on Earth is available and more apt

  • Harveyrabbit

    He should also be sued for false advertising.

    “State and federal laws are in place to protect consumers from false or misleading advertising. These laws make deceptive claims illegal. No business may make false, misleading, or deceptive claims about a product regarding its: Price, Quality, Purpose”

  • Henry Auvil

    Who is this person anyway? Is he somehow related to Ted Nugent? And why is he referring to himself as a “kid”?

    • Lumpy Gaga


    • Lumpy Gaga

      Limp Bizkit, but without the hooks.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • olandp

    Oops. Now to be fair, Kid Rock is a circus.

    • Jonathan Smith

      There is a difference between a circus and a clusterfuck….

      • Nowhereman

        Made me laugh! And that is hard to do these days. I immediately thought of the line “Elect a bunch of clowns, expect a circus.”

  • Bambino

    Finally a language that contain money and lawsuit the idiot understand.

  • Clive Johnson

    For me Kid Rock, to the limited extent I’ve paid him any attention, exists because the house of celebrity and fame has always had more room than the amount of available talent to occupy it.

    Rock is famous, to the extent that he is, because he’s famous. -Sort of like Paris Hilton. I’ve never heard anything from him that indicated talent beyond the glumly mediocre. Like car pollution he never goes away, and you bump into his name when you don’t want to, which is always.

    • Nowhereman

      I don’t think I’ve ever heard his music but I know I hate it.

  • GanymedeRenard


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  • margaretpoa

    Normally I don’t think much of trademark cases but if this shuts Kid Rock the fuck up, I’ll have to cheer.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Yeah, whatevs. Got an email from local arena stating that for every ticket I bought, one would go to veterans or active duty members of the military.

    So, basically … papering the house with the flag.

    • Nowhereman

      And this is the guy who cut a hole in our flag and wore it as a poncho.

  • KnownDonorDad

    He’s still got “Bawitdaba da bang da dang diggy diggy diggy said the boogie said up jump the boogie.”

    • Nowhereman

      Wow–that sounds pretty deep! Almost as brilliant as “wang dang sweet poontang”.

  • Nowhereman

    Sue these assholes out of existence. It’s all they understand. This is the guy who claimed he was running for the senate.

  • SilasMarner

    Vera Charles says…”Pity”.