British Vodka Maker Claims Ghost Have Threatened Them With Legal Action

  • Axl Rosenberg

Are Ghost — currently one of the most popular metal bands in the world — beefing with a British vodka company over its name?

That’s what the makers of Britain’s Ghost Vodka are claiming. Over the weekend, they took to social media to share a Photoshopped image of Tobias Forge and company holding a bottle of their product, along with this message:

“Recently we were rather bemused to receive legal correspondence on behalf of the Swedish band Ghost and their lead singer, Tobias Fitta Forge, informing us of action they wish to take against us for…..um….making vodka ????‍♂️ As if 2020 wasn’t strange enough already. We will keep everyone up to date with developments on this matter as they happen because, if nothing else, we could all do with a good laugh at the moment ????

“We hope everyone is keeping safe at the current time. Our distillery will shortly begin producing our next batch of delicious vodka and we hope you can all enjoy one of our Ghost cocktails again once this madness has passed. Cheers! ????

“(p.s. don’t worry Tobias Fitta, the next batch won’t be releasing any rock albums either)”

As of this writing, Ghost haven’t responded to the accusation. But assuming they did threaten the vodka company with legal action and this isn’t just a publicity ploy, they might have a case: Ghost Vodka was founded in 2015, five years after Ghost the band released their debut album, Opus Eponymous, and their skull logo, it could be argued, bears a resemblance to the make-up design Forge wears when playing any number of Ghost’s various Papa Emeriti.

On the other hand, it’s not like Tobias Forge owns the idea of using skull imagery, or the word “Ghost” for that matter, so they may have no case at all.

While we wait to see how this plays out, I’m gonna go make myself a vodka martini. Anybody want one?


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