AEG and Live Nation join Universal in fight against counterfeit merchandise

September 2010

Live events industry

AEG Live and Live Nation have joined Universal Music’s merchandising company Bravado lead in launching legal actions in the US courts with so-called ‘John Doe lawsuits’ in a bid to force law enforcement officials to crack down on illegal merchandisers. Universal took the lead with actions to protect Lady Gaga official merchandise at venues where the star vas playing, accusing potential bootleggers of infringing their trademark rights. The aim of the lawsuit was to give the police the power to seize counterfeit goods being sold by bootleg merchandisers – and even to obligate them to do so. AEG Live have now filed a similar John Doe lawsuit ahead of their Mile High Music Festival in Denver, while Live Nation went down a similar route to stop bootleg Ozzfest merchandise being sold around the Ozzy Osbourne festival.

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