Dweezil Zappa Banned from Using “Zappa Plays Zappa” Name

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Thursday, 12 May, 2016

“Zappa Plays Zappa” is a catchy name, don’t you think?

It’s the name that Dweezil Zappa, son of the late musician Frank Zappa, gave to the musical tribute to his father that he’s been playing around the world for years. But now, due to a trademark dispute with the Zappa Family Trust, Dweezil’s summer tour will be called “Dweezil Zappa Plays Frank Zappa” which he admits doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue.

Dweezil says the name change was made “under duress.” You won’t even find any official Frank Zappa merchandise or images of his father in evidence on the tour, because that’s all under the control of a family trust. Luckily, he does still get to sing his father’s songs.

The New York Times recently detailed the trademark dispute underway between Dweezil and the family trust, which owns the rights to his father’s music and multiple Zappa trademarks. “My last name is Zappa; my father was Frank Zappa,” Dweezil told The Times. “But I am not allowed to use the name on its own. I’m not allowed to use a picture of him. I’m not allowed to use my own connection with him without some sort of deal to be struck.”

Up until her death in 2015, Dweezil’s mother Gail tightly managed rights to her late husband’s music and name. Earlier this year, The Times referred to Gail as a “fierce guardian of her husband’s business empire.” Upon her death, management of the trust fell to only two of the four Zappa children: Ahmet and Diva. The other two children, Dweezil and his sister Moon Unit are beneficiaries, but not trustees.

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Topics: trademarks

Applications Now Being Accepted For .Insurance Sunrise

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Monday, 9 May, 2016

fTLD Registry Services LLC has announced the launch schedule for its new gTLD .INSURANCE. This industry-specific domain offering will provide verified members of the global insurance community with an opportunity to uniquely showcase their services under the .INSURANCE top level domain.

LAUNCH SCHEDULE FOR .INSURANCE

Qualified Launch Program for Founders Opens

Qualified Launch Program for Founders Closes

Sunrise Opens

Sunrise Closes

Sunrise Type

Founders' Period Opens

Founders' Period Closes

General Availability

05-May-16
(00:00 UTC)

08-May-16
(23:59:59 UTC)

09-May-16
(00:00 UTC)

08-Jun-16
(23:59:59 UTC)

Start Date Sunrise
(first-come, first-served)

09-Jun-16
(00:00 UTC)

14-Jun-16
(23:59:59 UTC)

15-Jun-16
(00:00 UTC)

 

 Please note that the .INSURANCE TLD is restricted to verified members of the insurance community. In order to register a domain, registrants must qualify and meet the following criteria:

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Topics: nGTLDs

Search Engine Efforts to Block Counterfeit Sales: How Much is Enough?

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Friday, 6 May, 2016

The recently released report, “Trade in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods: Mapping the Economic Impact,” published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), says that the global trade of counterfeit goods reached $461 billion in 2013. Imports of counterfeit and pirated goods amount to approximately 2.5% of all global imports.

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Topics: counterfeits

Vacation-Rental Websites Create Challenges for Hotel Brand Owners

by Lee Eulgen, Guest Blogger on Thursday, 5 May, 2016

In just a few years, vacation-rental websites have become a bona fide threat to the traditional hotel and resort business model. And while much has been written about the hotel customers and revenue being lured away by upstarts like Airbnb and VRBO, less attention has been paid to another equally serious threat: the threat to hotel and resort brands.

In addition to homes and apartments, vacation-rental sites often feature residential units within hotels or resorts. The listings for those units often make liberal use of hotel or resort brands, naming them in titles, for instance, and contain descriptions and photos of the properties and their amenities. Some listings even use the hotels’ logos.

This has the obvious potential to sow confusion among consumers, who could be easily misled into thinking the hotels or resorts themselves had posted the listings, or at least authorized them.

The use of hotel brands also threatens to damage hotels’ reputation and goodwill, for several reasons. Besides diverting sales that may otherwise go to the hotel, association with any given vacation-rental website may not be desirable, particularly if that website has a less-than-stellar reputation or if the hotel brand is up-market. Finally, these listings frequently include inaccurate information about the rental unit, renters’ access to hotel facilities and amenities, resort fees, and other critical information.

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Topics: trademarks

Seeing Double? Chinese Sportswear Logo Nearly identical to Under Armour

by T+B BLOG TEAM on Monday, 2 May, 2016

They say a picture’s worth a thousand words . . .

Uncle_Martian_and_Under_Armour.png

Last week, a new Chinese sportswear brand by the name of Uncle Martian launched its Weibo account debuting its logo and we’ll just state the obvious here — that logo looks very familiar.

Who’s behind this blatant rip-off of US-based Under Armour, Inc.? Uncle Martian is a new brand launched by a Chinese sports shoe manufacturer, Tingfei Long Sporting Goods Co. (廷飞龙体育用品有限公司).

The New York Times reports that a Tingfei Long executive said recently that the brand was going to be associated with “comfort, excellence and innovation” and aims to be a “high-profile” brand with “high standards.”

Under Armour is a known brand in China. The company’s hometown newspaper, The Baltimore Sun, reports that Under Armour sold $80 million worth of merchandise in China last year and expects that number to climb to $150 million this year.

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