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Run-DMC sues Amazon, Wal-Mart for $50M over trademark infringement

Run DMC founder sues Amazon, Wal Mart for $50M over trademark infringement entertainment 1x1.trans

Musical artists (L to R) Jason 'Jam Master Jay' Mizell, Joseph 'DJ Run' Simmons and Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels of the hip-hop group RUN-DMC participate in a handprint ceremony during the group's induction into the Hollywood RockWalk February 25, 2002 at the Guitar Center in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)


On Thursday, a founder for Run-DMC filed suit against Amazon and Wal-Mart for $50 million in damages, claiming trademark infringement because Amazon and Wal-Mart have allegedly been selling clothing and accessories with the group’s name without permission.

Darryl McDaniels, the owner of Run-DMC Brand LLC, says that the Run-DMC brand is “extremely valuable” in the suit and said that the brand has been used in several licensing agreements, including one to endorse Adidas.

However, the suit says, the defendants are trading on the rap group’s good name, which hurts the licensing agreements that are in place.

According to the suit, “plaintiff will suffer immediate and irreparable injury, loss, or damage” unless the infringements start.

In addition to Amazon and Wal-Mart, other defendants are named such as Jet.com and several companies that sell products through Amazon or do business with Amazon. McDaniels is seeking at least $50 million in damages for the products that infringe on his copyright.

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Comment by rashid rourk on January 25, 2017 at 3:05pm

Amazon is making money hand over fist, over $800 a share. I wonder who else they're stealing from?

Comment by Ab Gai on January 3, 2017 at 5:46pm
They should have asked for $1billlion. If hulk hogan can get $100mil for his penis, They should be able to get 1000 times more.
Comment by reginald anderson on January 1, 2017 at 10:31pm
It's like, what, and that's the way it is
Comment by Roderiq Jay on December 30, 2016 at 10:10pm

Make them pay. Retribution

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