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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 4:09 am    Post subject: Vodka Sellers Violate Jimi Hendrix Trademarks Reply with quote

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SEATTLE, March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Since 1995, Al Hendrix, the sole heir of Jimi Hendrix, and his close family members and their companies have been singularly committed to preserving Jimi Hendrix's musical, cultural and artistic legacy. Al Hendrix was concerned that Leon Hendrix did not share that commitment and; therefore, did not want Leon to participate in the family companies spearheading that effort.

Al Hendrix died in 2002 and left the ownership and management of the Jimi Hendrix legacy in the hands of selected members of his family, but not Leon Hendrix. In an effort to secure an interest in the legacy, Craig Dieffenbach supported Leon Hendrix's challenge to Al Hendrix's estate plan. In 2004, the court rejected that challenge, concluding that the ownership and management of the Jimi Hendrix legacy shall remain in the hands of those family members Al Hendrix had selected. Having failed in court, in 2006, Craig Deiffenbach, Leon Hendrix and their companies began violating the Hendrix family trademarks in a tasteless campaign to sell vodka and other merchandise.

Experience Hendrix owns numerous trademarks, many of which it has registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The Hendrix family companies have used the trademarks of Jimi Hendrix's name, his image, his signature and other logos in careful marketing of Jimi's music, recordings, artistic properties and related merchandise throughout the world. Last week, Experience Hendrix, LLC filed a lawsuit against Dieffenbach and his companies to enforce these trademark rights, which are not the same as the "personality rights" addressed in a 2005 court decision, which is still awaiting appellate court review.

Noting that the Hendrix family company trademarks continue to be fully protected by federal law, Bob Hendrix, Vice President of Experience Hendrix, observed: "Al Hendrix and other Hendrix family managers he appointed over the years have worked hard to preserve and protect the legacy of Jimi Hendrix. Since Al's death in 2002, we have done our utmost to continue on the path he envisioned. There is no question that he would be saddened by this. Our trademarks are protected by federal law. The unauthorized use of those marks by this vodka enterprise underscores the reason why Al didn't want Leon Hendrix and his associates involved in the Hendrix family companies."


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Georgina



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2007 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am really surprised EH didnt act sooner? Wasnt about 18 months ago at least that Lyon started marketing this vodka?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, it's been awhile. I guess EH got hit with a bunch of complaints from fans after the second coming of the story. Many media outlets didn't pick up on the story right away. Either way, you can be sure Janie new about it, the day the story emerged. Why she chose to wait so long to take action is anyone's guess.
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Christopher X



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 3:06 am    Post subject: New to me Reply with quote

I did not know of leon and this vodka enterprise,like did hendrix like this or something a lot,but then its funny as the estate is bringing out some alcohol type product themselves.
Sounds like they stole his idea maybe even,unless they had theres out before that?,forget saw it on myspace posted recently im shure.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2007 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a sad thing, period.
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