Indie band formerly known as easy life rebrand on Spotify following 'David v Goliath' battle with easy jet who controversially accused them of stealing their name last year

easyLife received legal letters from the budget airline over the use of 'easy' The airline accused the popular band of being 'brand thieves' 

A controversial indie band which was accused of ripping off budget airline easyJet's name has rebranded on Spotify.

Easy Life received legal letters from the budget airline who accused the band of 'riding on the coat tails of the valuable reputation' of easyJet.

The airline said the band's t-shirts and branding were similar to that of the Luton-based company.

A tour poster even featured an orange and white aircraft with the logo Easy Life on the jet's tail plane.

The airline also complained about the band's lyrics which they said could affect their company's reputation because of the use of foul language on several tracks.

Following the battle with easyJet the band have rebranded themselves on Spotify as Hard Life.

Indie band Easy Life were forced to change their name to Hard Life following a legal dispute with budget airline easyJet

Indie band Easy Life were forced to change their name to Hard Life following a legal dispute with budget airline easyJet

The airline accused the band to using their branding to improve the group's profile. The budget airline said the band's tour poster copied the logo from their aircraft

The airline accused the band to using their branding to improve the group's profile. The budget airline said the band's tour poster copied the logo from their aircraft

The airline, founded by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, pictured, said: 'Brand theft is profitable because it is the deliberate misleading of the consumer to think that they are part of the easy family in order to increase their own sales'

The airline, founded by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, pictured, said: 'Brand theft is profitable because it is the deliberate misleading of the consumer to think that they are part of the easy family in order to increase their own sales'

A trademark lawyer told Far Out Magazine: 'You don’t need to worry about whether you will win in court if the other side is going to fold.'

According to Spotify, the band has more than 700,000 monthly listeners.

Following their name change, the band said they are now set to release some new music.

Much of the band's music has been labeled on Spotify as 'explicit'.

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Their most popular song, Nightmares has been streamed more than 63m times, followed by Sangria which has more than 35m streams.

In February 2020 the band won the Best New British Artist at the the NME awards.

The band played under the old name for the last time on Friday, October 13 2023 in London.

The band initially dismissed the legal action, claiming that they had devised the name long before the easyGroup registered a trademark for easyLife, a brand selling household products, in 2022 - before the eventual climbdown.

It had joked in an Instagram post: 'For those of you that bought gig tickets and ended up on a budget flight to Tenerife, I apologise'.

easyGroup has not commented on the band's climbdown - but had earlier warned: 'We do not consider this confusing situation some sort of joke.'

It earlier added: 'Brand theft is profitable because it is the deliberate misleading of the consumer to think that they are part of the easy family in order to increase their own sales.

'It is not an innocent mistake, but a deliberate strategy to maximise their profits without being subject to easyGroup Ltd's quality controls and without paying their annual royalties.'

The company is fiercely protective of the brand, regularly going after other companies that use the word 'easy' in their names.

It claims to set aside £4million each year in order to take action against what it calls 'brand thieves'.

The band has since changed their name to Hard Life to avoid further letters from the budget airline

The band has since changed their name to Hard Life to avoid further letters from the budget airline

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