Published Oct 17, 2016Sorry Rey and Kylo Renn, but there's one force that's stronger than anything that can be conjured by the Jedis or the Dark Side. We're talking, of course, about the powerful force of Disney's lawyers.
The parent company of Lucasfilm appears to be cracking down on Star Wars copyrights, sending a strong message to would-be infringers throughout the galaxy. They've started by taking a lightsaber school to court.
Yes, the proprietors of the Lightsaber Academy have been taken to court for infringing on a number of Star Wars copyrights.
"Defendants regularly use the Lucasfilm Trademarks without authorization in connection with their businesses," the legal complaint reads. "Among other infringing activities, Defendants use a logo that is nearly identical, and confusingly similar, to Lucasfilm's trademark Jedi Order logo... round in shape, with six wing-like shapes curving upward (three per side), and an eight-pointed star featuring elongated top and bottom points stretched into a vertical line."
Lucasfilm claims that it sent the Lightsaber Academy multiple cease and desist notices. The company's Michael Brown responded by filing a trademark application for the name Lightsaber Academy, Inc.
Lucasfilm is demanding a permanent injunction, actual damages and profits, or alternatively, up to $2 million in statutory damages for each trademark infringed.
Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter for the tip.