Coachella take on the counterfeit Does

May 2012

Live events industry

Organisers of the USA’s Coachella Music and Arts Festival have won a preliminary injunction in the federal court prior to the festival’s second weekend to protect a number of registered trade marks. In the action, Coachella Music Festival LLC listed the marks Coachella, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Radiohead and a pending  trademark for The Black Keys. The phrase “Coachizzle” is also “off limits to bootleggers”.

Any law enforcement officers including deputy sheriffs, state police, local police and the U.S. Marshal can seize the concert contraband bearing the “Coachella Festival” and the other protected names as long as it’s being sold within 15 miles of the Empire Polo Club in Indio and within 48 hours of the event. Those who have their merchandise seized will get a receipt and have the right to object to the court within 10 days.

Coachella Music Festival LLC v. John Does 1-5, Jane Does 1-4 and XYZ Company (CV 12-3069)

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