Perry’s suit alleges that Schon and Cain registered 20 of Journey’s top hits through their company Freedom JN LLC in 2020 for use on a variety of merchandise, something he did not agree to and therefore violates an agreement they had entered into. previously, which required the consent of all members of the band, including himself.
Schon has since shared a link to the lawsuit on his social media and provided a written statement in the comments.
“What a bunch of total crap. That’s how it goes friends. Jon Cain calls a board meeting out of nowhere before I found out about the meeting Jonathan came to me and said he didn’t like what they were planning.” Schon wrote and cited bassist Ross Valory, Perry and former manager Herbie Herbert as involved.
“At that meeting, Steve, Ross, Smith and Herbie voted myself and Cain off the board, and Steve and everyone voted Ross in my place and Smith in Jon’s. They all knew at this point that I had been researching our trademarks for years and tried to get to the bottom of all the corruption when we found out (my wife and I) that nothing had ever been trademarked except our music. They all went for a takeover and it didn’t work. Simple as that,” the guitarist continued .
“So my wife Micheale Schon found a legitimate trademark attorney who wasn’t in the corrupt musical circles and we were successful in getting her to protect everything we built. We had been scammed from the beginning until I shut it down. “
Schon questioned why none of the other members’ lawyers ever helped the band trademark their material, calling it a “gigantic corrupt ring” of individuals who ended up profiting financially from their merchandise. As a result, he and Cain wanted to register all of their album and song titles.
“The more we got educated about how songwriting and copyright have nothing to do with trademarks… You haven’t heard the last of these friends. We’re going to peel back the onion.”
See the full statement below.
This news comes just a few months after Perry and Schon had allegedly worked to unify. In an interview with Vulture in July, the guitarist said the pair had “talked and gotten to know each other again”, although he clarified that the rekindling was not indicative of a musical reunion, and was in fact related to the trademark issue.
A few weeks later, he discussed Journey’s 2023 plans, which involved celebrating the band’s 50th anniversary, and he did not rule out the possibility that Perry and former keyboard player Gregg Rolie could participate.
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