Motown Records has filed suit over the domain name jackson5.com, contending that its use by others constitutes infringement of the label’s federally registered trademark of the group’s name, Billboard Bulletin reports.
Filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court of the Central District of California, the complaint also claims that use of the name violates the federal anti-cybersquatting act. Defendants in the action are the alleged administrators and hosts of jackson5.com: the Creston Group, Midland Group, AfricaWatch.net, Dolapo Asiru, AIM Internet Services, and Alexander G. Cardonell.
According to court documents, Motown federally licensed the Jackson 5 trademark in 1973. Motown seeks preliminary and permanent injunctions, damages to be determined, and legal fees.