NIKE AND MSCHF AGREE TO SETTLE
The latest news worthy trademark case has been Nike v. MSCHF. This case was a trademark infringement case based on the headline smashing “Satan Shoe”. The shoes were a limited release coinciding with Lil Nas X’s latest music video, Montero (Call Me By Your Name). The shoes themselves were customized versions of the Nike Air Max 97.
Nike filed a trademark infringement case, because MSCHF did not ask for permission to use the shoes, collaborate with Nike, or otherwise gain permission to use Nike’s famous mark.
It is a bit disappointing that the lawsuit settled. I would have liked to see this one move forward and see what the potential after effects of this lawsuit would be to after market custom clothes.
Full report via Yahoo! Finance
TAYLOR SWIFT AND EVERMORE PARK DISMISS RESPECTIVE CLAIMS
Back in February, Evermore park filed a trademark lawsuit against Taylor Swift, because Taylor Swift named her new album “Evermore.” Evermore Park is a fantasy theme park based in Utah, and Taylor Swift is a musician. At the time of this writing, there are multiple intent to use trademark filings under Taylor Swift’s company for “Evermore” for various classes. None of those classes are the same, or confusingly similar with Evermore Park’s trademarks.
Taylor Swift filed a copyright counterclaim, alleging that the Park was playing her music without her permission. In this case, this would violate the public performance right that a copyright holder owns.
Eventually, both parties dismissed their respective claims.
Full report via Rolling Stone
What do you think of those lawsuits? Feel free to discuss!