Google, Youtube Sued for $20 Million; Trademark Infringement, Unfair Business Practices Alleged

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A complaint was filed in the United States District Court against Google Inc and Youtube LLC for allegedly infringing upon the copyrights of filmmaker Darron Morris and his trademarks 'Mogul' and 'Mogul Films'. The suit asserts that the defendants continued to use/promote their mark 'Indy Mogul' after being denied trademark registration by the United States Patent and Trademark Office due to the likely confusion its mark would make with the plaintiff's and in the entertainment marketplace.

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A GIANT company like Google can't just squash a small company like mine and think that the world won't see. My company is struggling to survive like many American companies. Google has made a huge mistake this time.

Darron Morris, CEO of Mogul Films and owner of the trademarks 'Mogul' and 'Mogul Films' has filed a suit against Google and Youtube for $20 Million for alleged trademark infringement and unfair business practices, based on Youtube's continued use of 'Indy Mogul' on its site.

According to court documents, Google, the parent company of Youtube, applied for the trademark use of 'Indy Mogul' in February but was told in May that the mark was refused due, in part, to the confusion it would make in the marketplace (See here).

Mr. Morris also contends that, due to Google's and Youtube's proprietory search algorithms, his marks were unfairly suppressed in favor of its own Indy Mogul Channel, causing the failure of his company's fundraising initiatives, resulting in bankruptcy.

Mr. Morris seeks the cease and desist use of 'Indy Mogul' by Youtube and Google, and the payment of damages caused by its alleged flagrant, harmful and financially devastating practices.

The suit was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, having the case number 1:14-CV-2987.

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