Jackson Kelly PLLC Blog: Anticipation of Litigation Advisor
December 26, 2018
"Alexa, Play Country Roads..."
by Jessica L. Robey
Technology . . . It is helpful. It is useful. Some might say they cannot live without it, and many no longer do. Today, many individuals have some type of “smart speaker” within their homes. One of the most popular devices is an Amazon Echo. Amazon Echo (along with other media playing devices; i.e., Google Home, Sonos One) is a smart speaker that operates with artificial intelligence. When a user wishes to activate an Alexa, the user issues a command, stating, “Alexa, [insert whatever you want her to do].” Click here to read more.
Sanctions Issued In Jimi Hendrix Trademark Suit Over Destroyed Data
by Seth P. Hayes
James Marshall Hendrix, better known as “Jimi,” who many consider the greatest guitarist of all time, died of a drug overdose at age twenty-seven. Given the guitarist’s hard-charging life, Jimi Hendrix – to the shock of no one - died intestate. His heirs have been embroiled in litigation ever since, and the latest chapter in this saga involves the trademark usage of his name and likeness. Experience Hendrix LLC and Authentic Hendrix LLC, the successors-in-interest to the famous guitarist’s estate, brought the copyright and trademark infringement suit in the Southern District of New York against Jimi Hendrix’s brother, Leon Hendrix, and Leon’s business partner, Andrew Pitsicalis. In Experience Hendrix, LLC v. Pitsicalis, No. 17-cv-1927 (PAE) (S.D.N.Y., 11/27/18), the plaintiffs allege that the defendants have been improperly manufacturing, licensing, and advertising products carrying Hendrix’s name and image. Click here to read more.