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Beatles company score $77 million win in counterfeit merch case

By | Published on Monday 17 February 2020

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Beatles company Apple Corps last week won a $77 million ruling against 77 online operations that sell knock off Beatles merch. So that’s fun.

It was a default judgement in Apple’s favour because none of the 77 accused companies bothered to respond to the lawsuit. Which is quite common in cases involving the sale of counterfeit goods online. Unfortunately for Apple, what is also common in cases like this is that it’s quite hard to find the counterfeiters to collect the damages.

Nevertheless, the Florida judge who ruled on the case said: “The award should be sufficient to deter defendants and others from continuing to counterfeit or otherwise infringe plaintiffs’ trademarks, compensate plaintiffs, and punish defendants”.