Disney Wins Lawsuit Over DisGear for Copyright and Trademark Infringement
Disney sued Florida based online retailer DisGear for copyright and trademark infringement. Disney alleged DisGear used images from Disney owned “Star Wars”, “Frozen” and Mickey Mouse characters on its merchandise.
According to an article by the Orlando Sentinel, “The March 24 court order signed by U.S. District Judge Roy B. Dalton Jr. did not mention any dollar settlements but outlined several steps that Mouseprint Media agreed to in order to essentially shut down its business, including relinquishing merchandise and its website to Disney’s control” (Russon/Orlando Sentinel).
DisGear agreed to stop selling the merchandise immediately. They gave control of their websites to the Disney Company and the unsold merchandise was surrendered. The websites have already been shut down. “Adding to the likelihood of confusion, Defendants have reproduced photographs of various Walt Disney World Resort rides and attractions in their marketing materials,” the lawsuit stated.
Disney is traditionally very protective of their intellectual property. The lawsuit did state Disney unsuccessfully tried to contact the company before legal action was taken.
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