Chaim Witz — aka Gene Simmons of KISS — made his television debut on The Mike Douglas Show in 1974. Gene was 25 years-old, thin and silly and sort of playing a vampire bat role. The audience had no idea how to react to Gene’s want to eat them. Was he real? Or was he playing them?
If I set up a factory and started producing cars that looked just like Volkswagen Beetles from the early 1960’s and called them Molkswagen Teetles, would that be legally okay? I would certainly hope not. Why then do people like Nick Simmons regularly copy the work of real artists, put their own name on it, and try to make a profit?