Polish Court Grants Bart’s Batushka the Right to Use Band Name While Lawsuit Continues


Back in April, the version of Batushka led by vocalist Bartłomiej Krysiuk was handed a temporary injunction by the Polish courts to cease operating under the Batushka name while the lawsuit between he and founding guitarist Krzysztof Drabikowski waged on. At the time, Drabikowski touted it as a victory while Krysiuk warned that the injunction was temporary in nature and had been issued based on only Drabikowski’s version of events.

Now, in an appeal that also takes into account Krysiuk’s testimony, the court has reversed its decision and allowed Krysiuk to continue operating under the Batushka name… which he had been doing anyway. It should be noted that by no means does this mean Krysiuk has won the court battle — that is still ongoing and likely won’t conclude for quite a while — but simply that Krysiuk is allowed to continue using the Batushka name while the case winds on.

Bart’s Batushka published the court documents yesterday via Facebook in both Polish and English, which you can see below.

Meanwhile, in the court of public opinion, Krzysztof Drabikowski has been dominating the conversation based solely on his music vs. Bart’s, with some fans launching a Change.Org petition in his support. You can be the judge for yourself by comparing the music at those links.

Confused by all of the above? Watch this explainer video to catch yourself up on the publicly available story so far (emphasis on “publicly:” surely there is a lot to this case we do not know).

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