Dino Cazares: “I Have All The Legal Rights To Fear Factory”

During a recent interview with MetalSucks, Fear Factory’s Dino Cazares discussed the band’s various legal battles. Notably, the guitarist revealed that he now has “all the legal rights to Fear Factory.”

As previously reported, Burton C. Bell was involved in a trademark dispute with former members Christian Olde-Wolbers and Raymond Herrera. Now, Cazares has revealed that he was also involved in a separate lawsuit filed by the two. There was no litigation between Cazares and Bell. When asked how he got control of the name, Cazares said the following:

“I can’t tell you Burt’s side because this is how I ended up with the name. I can’t tell you that side. I can tell you that it was expensive. That’s all I have to say [laughs].”

Cazares also revealed that he hasn’t talked to Bell in over a year:

“I’ve reached out to him but maybe he’s too busy doing Ascension Of The Watchers. I’ve heard him make statements saying that he’s not talking about Fear Factory and that he only wants to talk about Ascension Of The Watchers. That’s the impression that I’m getting.”

This news comes after Bell recently distanced himself from a GoFundMe campaign that Cazares launched for Fear Factory’s new album. Cazares also commented on that:

“If it is Burt, I believe he’s wrong. I believe he has mistakenly misunderstood what was going on. If it’s not Burt, and it’s one of his people who run his social media, then I believe it was not the best comment to put out there and that’s what helped the confusion.”

Bell completed his parts for the record awhile ago and even shared the alleged title and artwork without Cazares‘ knowledge. Cazares said the following about that incident:

“At that time [in 2018] it was court ordered that we legally could not use the name Fear Factory to solicit any products like merchandising, CDs, touring etc… talking about it in public could potentially cause legal damage, and later it did. It for sure caused confusion with our fans, especially when I didn’t know about the title, art or it even being called Fear Factory.”

Despite all of these issues, Cazares still wants to work with Bell:

“Yes, I am sole owner of the name and trademark, but that doesn’t mean Burton can’t be right there with me, too. It means that we continue and keep working our asses off and making great music for people to hear.”

He also added the following when asked if Bell would be a salaried employee:

“Why can’t it be equal like we’ve had it before? Why can’t it. To me that hasn’t changed.”

Cazares continued:

“Mine and Burt’s relationship is not perfect. It’s not perfect, trust me, it’s not perfect at all. But, there’s something about us two that makes great music. I don’t want to change that. I think right now the ball is in Burt’s court with what he’s going to do.”

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