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Guitar Maker vs. Prince's Guitar
Highest Court Seventh Circuit
Year Ended 2000
Plaintiffs Instrument Designer(s)
Defendants Prince
Other No Other parties on file
Short Description Plaintiff was a guitar designer who, without Prince's permission, made a guitar in the shape of Prince's symbol, seemingly with the intent that prince would adopt it for his stage performance. When Prince later made a guitar in the same shape, the Plaintiff designer sued, alleging Prince's guitar-logo combination copied Plaintiff's copyrighted creation. In initial court filings, Prince (then "the artist formerly known as") actually used his symbol on legal documents, which the court said he could not do. Judgment for Prince. - [This entry is not yet complete or has not been edited/checked.]

Legal Issues
Civil Procedure Evidence Discovery
Copyrights Infringement Copying & Distribution/Dissemination
  Ownership Joint Authorship, Works-for-Hire & Derivative Creations
General Affirmative Defenses Statutes of Limitation
Torts Economic Torts Fraud, Misrepresentation & Inducement


Opinions Pickett v. Prince
207 F.3d 402
Seventh Circuit , March 14, 2000 ( Nos. 99-2770, 99-2843 )


Pickett v. Prince
52 F. Supp. 2d 893
N.D. Illinois , June 18, 1999 ( No. 94 C 4740 )


Pickett v. Prince
5 F. Supp. 2d 595
N.D. Illinois , May 07, 1998 ( No. 94 C 4740 )


Pickett v. Prince
1998 WL 246389
N.D. Illinois , May 01, 1998 ( No. 94 C 4740 )


Pickett v. Prince
1997 WL 790599
N.D. Illinois , December 18, 1997 ( No. 94 C 4740 )


Pickett v. Prince
1997 WL 458435
N.D. Illinois , August 04, 1997 ( No. 94 C 4740 )


Pickett v. Prince
1995 WL 88914
N.D. Illinois , March 02, 1995 ( 94 C 4740 )


Pickett v. Prince
1995 WL 51565
N.D. Illinois , February 05, 1995 ( No. 94 C 4740 )


Pickett v. Prince
1994 WL 484539
N.D. Illinois , September 02, 1994 ( No. 94 C 4740 )


Pickett v. Prince
1994 WL 424110
N.D. Illinois , August 10, 1994 ( No. 94 C 4740 )


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Related Searches Parties
Instrument Designer(s) ( Plaintiff )
Prince ( Defendant )

Legal Issues
Civil Procedure / Evidence / Discovery
Copyrights / Infringement / Copying & Distribution/Dissemination
Copyrights / Ownership / Joint Authorship, Works-for-Hire & Derivative Creations
General / Affirmative Defenses / Statutes of Limitation
Torts / Economic Torts / Fraud, Misrepresentation & Inducement

Courts
Seventh Circuit (highest court)
N.D. Illinois


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