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Phoenix Entertainment Partners, LLC v. Rumsey

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
829 F.3d 817 (2016)


Facts

Slep-Tone Entertainment Corporation (plaintiff) made karaoke tapes and CDs with prerecorded music and corresponding lyrics and graphics. Slep-Tone’s trademark and trade dress appeared in the graphics. Rumsey (defendant), a pub owner, made unauthorized copies of Slep-Tone music and graphic files and played them at the pub. Slep-Tone sued Rumsey for violating the Lanham Act by passing off the unauthorized copies as genuine Slep-Tone products. The district court dismissed Slep-Tone’s complaint. Slep-Tone appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Rovner, J.)

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