Canadian group The Tragically Hip has just filed a lawsuit against brewer Mill Street Brewery, alleging that it used its hit song “At the Hundredth Meridian” to name and promote one of its beers.
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The rock group formed in Kingston in the early 1980s said in a document filed in Federal Court on Tuesday that the Toronto brewer used “the fame, goodwill and reputation” of The Tragically Hip to froth its 100th beer Meridian Amber Lager.
The lawsuit alleges that Mill Street Brewery “unilaterally and without permission” used their hit “At the Hundredth Meridian”, a song from the 1992 album “Fully Completery”.
The brewer “deliberately stepped up those promotional efforts” during his last tour of The Tragically Hip in 2016, after singer Gord Downie was diagnosed with terminal cancer, the group said. Mr. Downie died in October 2017.
Mill Street Brewery and its parent company, giant Anheuser-Busch InBev, have not responded to requests for comment on the matter, according to the Global network.