Meat Loaf Sues Impersonator for Cybersquatting
As a musician, you sort of know you’ve arrived when the touring market can support someone else charging people to watch their own performances of your hits — but there are definitely drawbacks to having your own celebrity impersonator. Just ask Meat Loaf, who’s suing a Loaf tribute act for squatting on the MeatLoaf.org domain name.
The faux Loaf, who answers to Dean Torkington when he isn’t fronting ‘To Hell and Back: A Tribute to Meat Loaf,’ registered MeatLoaf.org at some point — which is a pretty smart move, really. But Meat isn’t impressed; he’s filed a lawsuit alleging that Torkington scooped it up in bad faith, and according to TMZ, he’s accusing his doppelganger of using “the domain name to mislead and confuse Meat Loaf fans into thinking he’s the real singer.”
Loaf is pursuing Torkington under the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act; according to his lawsuit, he’s seeking control of the domain and $100,000 in damages. And while we might chuckle at the notion of someone being able to support themselves by performing Meat Loaf covers, it bears mentioning that Torkington is based in the UK, where Loaf’s records have sold consistently well — even releases like ‘Midnight at the Lost and Found’ and ‘Blind Before I Stop,’ neither of which charted here, broke the upper reaches of the British charts.