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Team Miles Davis Slap Lawsuit On Cafe For Using The Jazz Legend’s Name

Writing for Bloomberg.com, Don Jeffrey has a story about what happens when you mess with the business of Miles Davis.

Miles Davis Properties LLC, the group that oversees the Miles Davis estate, have sued the operators of a Manhattan jazz club called Miles’ Cafe alleging infringement.

Miles Davis Properties LLC said today the club and an owner, Satoru “Miles” Kobayashi, violated registered trademarks including one of a silhouette of the musician and composer playing his trumpet, in a complaint in federal court in Manhattan.

“Defendants are intentionally free-riding off the goodwill associated with the Miles Davis marks by using them to promote a jazz club entitled Miles’ Cafe in a way that is likely to mislead the public,” lawyers for the trademark owners said in the complaint.

The case is Miles Davis Properties LLC v. Miles’ Cafe Corp., 11-5816, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York.

We shall see what happens!

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