When Fox TV premiered its “Empire” show in 2015, about a fictional hip-hop music label called Empire Enterprises, it chose a name already in use by the real-life Empire Distribution, which has been turning out hip-hop, rap and R&B albums under its label since 2010. No problem, says a federal appeals court, despite the record-seller’s claims of trademark violation, unfair competition and false advertising. “Fox used the common English word ‘Empire’ for artistically relevant reasons: the show’s setting is New York, the Empire State, and its subject matter is a music and entertainment conglomerate,” the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said Thursday.
NYS Entity Status
NYS Filing Date
JULY 10, 2014
NYS DOS ID#
NYS Entity Type
DOMESTIC BUSINESS CORPORATION
2014 - EMPIRE FURNITURE ENTERPRISE, INC
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