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New Kids on the Block Sue Over the Rights Stuff

6/12/2009 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The last thing the world needs is another New Kids on the Block -- which is exactly why the band is suing someone for allegedly trying to form a fake New Kids on the Block.

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NKOTB just filed a Federal lawsuit against a company called SM Productions, who in 2005 allegedly attempted "to form a new group also entitled 'New Kids on the Block'" -- so SMP could record music with a band that people thought were the real deal.

The suit also says SMP tried to register the band's name and album art from "Hangin' Tough" with the U.S Patents and Trademark Office.

NKOTB is suing because they want the court to officially tell everyone that the NKOTB name belongs to NKOTB and NKOTB only (say that a few times fast).

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Delicious    

LMFAO, the comments regarding the new kids on the block are priceless.... you people are awesome!!!! Thanks for the laugh!

1856 days ago
17.

yowza    

These boys are awwwwright!

1856 days ago
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nkotb girl    

To the haters who say who cares: you did care enough to click on the story and make a comment, these boys aren't suing for money (they sold 80 million records before & are now on a very, very successful tour), they are suing for principle.

If you have something (name, logo, phrase, etc.) copyrighted and somebody else tries to use it you have to defend it legally. Otherwise it becomes fairgame for everybody else to use it and essentially you lost the right to use it exclusively. You would defend a company name if you had one too. It is a business move not a publicity move. Celebrities, athletes, businesses, colleges, etc. have to trademark and copyright these things. It's all business.

1856 days ago
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I LOVE JORDAN KNIGHT!!!    

#1 Blockhead!!! I LOVE NKOTB from the beginning!!!

1825 days ago
20.

izz    

no mater whatt anyone says THE BOYS ARE BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER!!!. No posers allowed sucka!!
LETS GET THIS!!!

1820 days ago
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Calvin Houston    

NO ONE DISREPECTS NKOTB EVER, GET IT. DO NOT EVER TREAT THEM LIKE THEY ARE NOTHING BECAUSE THEY ARE SOMETHING. THEY ARE # 1, AND WHAT THESE JERKS ARE DOING IS WRONG AND DISRESPECTFUL! I have been a fan of this group since I was 13 years old, and no one is gonna treat them like dummy's. Understand THAT!

1446 days ago
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