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Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Battle of the Rock Halls

Let me ask you this: would you confuse the Cleveland-based "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum" with the "Jewish Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?" I wouldn't either. This Reuters news story explains how the Cleveland people are asking a federal judge to stop two journalists and a radio company executive from putting up the site, saying the site will infringe on the original's trademark name and that the public would confuse the two. The papers filed in the Cleveland federal court state, according to Reuters, that the allegedly faux hall "misappropriated Rock Hall's substantial intellectual property rights as well as the goodwill associated therewith. Unless restrained ... by the court, such conduct will, permit defendants to gain an unfair advantage over Rock Hall."

But what's the remedy for this aggregious harm? The RaRHoFaM is asking for damages in excess of $100,000 because of "irreparable harm." Oy vey.



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