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Signatures Network, Inc. v. Does

January 5, 2009

SIGNATURES NETWORK, INC., PLAINTIFF,
v.
JOHN DOES 1-5, JANE DOES 1-4 AND XYZ COMPANY, DEFENDANTS.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: The Honorable Audrey B. Collins United States District Court

PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION AND ORDER OF SEIZURE

Hearing Date: January 5, 2009 Time: 10:00 a.m.

Courtroom 680-Hon. Audrey Collins

Plaintiff Signatures Network, Inc. ("Plaintiff") having moved for a Preliminary Injunction enjoining and restraining the defendants from manufacturing, selling or distributing merchandise bearing the trademarks, servicemarks, logos, and likenesses of the musical artist "LIL WAYNE" (the "Artist") and ordering the seizure and impounding of such articles; and service having been effected upon certain defendants at the Artist's concerts which have previously occurred; and Plaintiff's application having come on for a hearing before the Honorable Audrey B. Collins on the 5th day of January, 2009, at the United States Courthouse in the Central District of California, and Plaintiff having appeared by its attorneys, and there having been no other appearances;

PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION

Now, on presentation and consideration of Plaintiff's application for a preliminary injunction and order of seizure, the declaration in support thereof and all other pleadings and prior proceedings heretofore had herein in this matter, the Court hereby finds:

1. By reason of the substantial and continuous use of the trademarks, servicemarks, logos, and likenesses of the Artist in connection with their work as musical performers, said marks have acquired meanings identified with the Artist and with products and services associated with them;

2. The served defendants, and those in active concert or participation with such defendants, have infringed upon Plaintiff's rights in the Artist's trademarks, servicemarks, logos, or likenesses owned and/or controlled by Plaintiff, and have as well committed acts of unfair competition against Plaintiff herein by manufacturing, distributing, offering for sale and selling merchandise bearing any or all of the trademarks, servicemarks, logos, and likenesses of the Artist at or near the sites of the Artist's concerts, without having obtained a license or any other authorization to do so, as alleged in the complaint;

3. The acts of the defendants, and those in active concert or participation with them, constitute a violation of the United States Trademark Act in that they: a). involve goods or services, b) are activities which affect interstate commerce, and c) infringe the trademark and/or bear a false designation of the source or origin of such goods or are likely to cause confusion, mistake or deception as to the affiliation, connection, association, sponsorship or approval of Plaintiff and/or the Artist with respect to such goods;

4. Defendants, and those in active concert or participation with them, will continue to sell such unauthorized merchandise unless enjoined by the Court; and

5. Copies of this Court's Order to Show Cause On Motion For Preliminary Injunction with A Temporary Restraining and Seizure Order, and the Complaint filed in support of Plaintiff's application in this case have been served upon the defendants and unauthorized, "bootleg" merchandise has been seized from the defendants;

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY

ORDERED, that the defendants, their agents, servants, employees, attorneys, successors, and assigns, and all persons, firms, and corporations acting in active concert or participation with said defendants, are enjoined and restrained from:

(A) Using any or all of the trademarks, servicemarks, logos, or likenesses of the Artist, in connection with the sale, offering for sale, distribution, and/or ...


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