Plenty of thought, time and expense goes into creating a website. Therefore, it has to be pretty upsetting when a direct competitor rips off the “look and feel” of your site.
That’s what Marmoset, a specialized boutique music agency based in Portland, Oregon, alleges of The Music Bed, a similar company in Fort Worth, Texas. Check out comparison images in the Complaint or, better yet, go visit the websites yourself.
What do you think? Are the websites too similar? Confusingly similar?
And remember, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Marmoset, LLC v. The Music Bed, LLC
Court Case Number: 3:14-cv-00431-MO
File Date: Monday, March 17, 2014
Plaintiff: Marmoset, LLC
Plaintiff Counsel: Timothy S. DeJong, Jacob S. Gill of Stoll Stoll Berne Lokting & Schlachter PC, Charles F. Moore of Alleman Hall McCoy Russell & Tuttle LLP
Defendant: The Music Bed, LLC
Cause: Trade Dress Infringement, Unfair Competition, Copyright Infringement, Common Law Trademark Infringement, Common Law Unfair Competition
Court: District of Oregon
Judge: Judge Michael W. Mosman
UPDATE 7/7/2014: A Notice of Voluntary Dismissal Without Prejudice was filed in this lawsuit on 6/6/2014. To date, there have been no discernible changes to either website.