Ringo Starr drops legal fight against Ring O sex toys as makers agree to ‘avoid any activity likely to lead to confusion’
Written by Hitmix News on 26 June 2021
Sir Ringo Starr has dropped a legal case against the makers of a sex toy called Ring O.
The Beatles drummer had first challenged the Ring O trademark with US authorities in March 2019, saying it was too similar to his name.
However, he has now withdrawn his complaint after reaching an agreement with manufacturers Pacific Coast Holdings and Momentum Management.
Image: Ring O’s makers have agreed not to make any reference associating the product with Starr or The Beatles
According to the dismissal settlement, Starr, 80, has now consented to the use of the name Ring O “only in connection with adult aids and desensitising sprays, and so long as there is a separation between the word “RING” and the letter “O”.
In turn, the makers have agreed “to avoid any activity likely to lead to confusion”.
They have also pledged not to “degrade, tarnish or deprecate or disparage” Starr’s name or image, and not to make any reference or innuendo, or include words or images, associating the product with Starr or The Beatles.
Starr, whose real name is Richard Starkey, has agreed not to register his own Ringo or Ringo Starr trademarks in connection with adult sex aids, the dismissal contract states.
He has not commented publicly on the settlement, which is dated 5 May.
Meanwhile, details of Peter Jackson’s long-awaited Beatles documentary Get Back emerged earlier in June, with streaming service Disney+ confirming it will air across three nights in November.
The film features intimate behind-the-scenes clips of the Fab Four and is compiled from more than 60 hours of unseen footage shot in January 1969, shortly before they split the following year.
Jackson, best known for his work on The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, has spent three years watching, restoring and editing the footage.