Back in 2016 Beyoncé was suing a bridal accessory company for copyright infringement and basically stealing without permission, click here if you missed that.. Now a federal judge has rejected Beyoncé’s request or a permanent injunction to stop a company selling shirts, tank tops, hoodies and other items bearing the name ‘Feyoncé.’
This is literally exploiting Beyoncé’s brand, a play off her name,a play off her single…
Fire the legal team.
According to Dailymail.com:
The pop superstar complained in a lawsuit brought in April 2016 that Feyonce Inc’s sale of knockoffs infringed her trademark rights and would confuse consumers.
But in a decision issued on Monday, US District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan said San Antonio-based Feyonce’s choice to capitalize off the ‘exceedingly famous’ Beyoncé trademark did not mean confusion would follow.
‘A rational jury might or might not conclude that the pun here is sufficient to dispel any confusion among the purchasing public,’ she wrote. Lawyers for Beyoncé did not immediately respond to requests for comment, nor did the people behind Feyoncé, Andre Maurice and Leana Lopez, who represented themselves.
Nathan said that by replacing the ‘B’ in Beyoncé with an ‘F,’ the defendants created a mark that sounds like ‘fiancé,’ their core customer, in a ‘play on words’ that could dispel confusion.
One of the Feyoncé items in dispute was a mug with the phrase ‘he put a ring on it,’ which Beyoncé said was intended to recall the lyrics of her song ‘Single Ladies.’
The judge found the dispute similar to a 1993 case where the federal appeals court in Chicago ruled against Nike Inc over apparel from Just Did It Enterprises that bore a ‘swoosh’ logo and the word ‘Mike.’
Consumers, that court found, might get the point after an initial look.
‘Many purchasers of Feyoncé products are, in fact, engaged, just as many Mike product purchasers were named Mike,’ Nathan wrote.