Oklahoma legislators have jumped on the bandwagon to keep imposter acts from performing in the state.
Jon “Bowzer” Bauman, a former member of Sha Na Na, recently lobbied Oklahoma’s House Judiciary Committee to stop the “musical identity theft” of legendary acts.
Bauman claims that members of acts including The Drifters and The Platters have been impersonated around the States, despite the fact that many original members of the groups have applied for trademarks.
Oklahoma legislators are the latest to join Bauman’s cause. More than half the states in the nation have signed his Truth in Music bill, which requires a group to include at least one member permitted to use a band’s original name or be fined thousands of dollars.