PART B> PROJECTS COMING ALONG SOON, BUT NOT THIS MONTH OR NEXT
Nebula | The Path of White Clouds 2008
Not to be a kill-joy, but there's been over a dozen bands named "Nebula" since the '60's but it's currently owned by the Sub Pop label signed band, who've sued a couple others, since trademarks must be defended, so you might want to pass on a name change, as if Sub Pop ever sees this CD, their legal dept. which takes up a whole floor now, will have to sue the band and Hypnos. Really, it's just asking for a headache.
Plus, while we're sure the musick is great, we always wonder about bands who have the same name as a couple others - seems to lack originality which is necessary for art wethinks. "Metallica" was original and ground-breaking. Sword, Swords, The Swords, Swords Project, Swords of <something>... smacks of laziness or lack of creativity, no? No offense intended, but serious about Sub Pop suing, we know ppl who work there and if they see this name used, the lawyers will come like attack dogs. Just a head's up, yo. We're sure no one will care but we know of two cases where Sub Pop sued and they have on-staff lawyers....
We're aware of the problem of potential confusion or conflict, when artists select names that are not unique. This is something we're dealing with on more than one front, right now.
We can't exactly tell Nebula they can't be called "Nebula" since they already released two albums under that name, and it would be weird and confusing to release the Path of White Clouds
album under some other name, like "Gigi and Mathias's Euro-Ambient All-Star Band." We don't have a definite solution on this one right now, but in the case of one other such conflict, we're releasing the album by the artist "Sense" under the name "Sense (Robert Logan)" to avoid confusion with several other artists known as "Sense."
I feel strongly that people starting a recording project, or a record label, or a magazine or web site, or any other venture that requires the choosing of a name, need to choose carefully so as not to conflict with others using that exact name, or cause confusion with others similarly named. In the age of Google and Wikipedia and Discogs, it's not too hard to check around. Even Hypnos was originally named something different, back in 95-96 before we actually got around to releasing CDs, but the name was changed when a conflict was discovered.