Ok, so, the title is a bit misleading, as nothing was stolen from me per se. I am a pretty much completely unknown artist and have had very few public releases with very little attention. No one knows about me and my work for the most part.
Regardless, I want some advice and feedback regarding this, if you’re reading this and willing.
I had been using the name Make Us Whole for a long time here and in a few select releases on streaming services (I took these down some time ago)
I had decided that I wanted to change things up a bit, as I have a project I’m working on with my sister, and felt that Make Us Whole fit much better for that project for various reasons.
As I was working on music for that project one night, I noticed that another artist using the same name put out an EP. This was troubling and discouraging, as it felt like something I had sort of laid claim to was taken from me. This, obviously isn’t entirely true, but I felt that nonetheless.
I decided that I would abandon the name and move to another name for the Band (which is what my sis and I are together as best I can tell), but this has continued to bother me despite that.
I love that name. I want that name.
What the hell do I do? I have been registered with ASCAP under this name for years, but this provides me no protection for things like this. I could trademark the name if I so chose, but is this necessary? I don’t want to ruin this guy’s day. I no longer had any music on Distrokid under this artist’s name by the time he released this ep, so is it like a “sucks for me” kind of deal?
Do I need to just accept that there are two artists with the same name in this day and age where anyone can make and release music to the public? I don’t want there to be an association with this guy’s music and mine.
Should I just say fuck it and keep using it and see what happens?
IDK. What are your thoughts?