Strange Music vs. Strainge Entertainment; Rapper Tech N9ne Files Lawsuit

Tech N9ne

Kansas City, Missouri Rapper Tech N9ne has always done things on his own.

From being one of the top independent rappers in the world to touring non-stop and starting his own record label – Strange Music – Tech N9ne puts in work.

So it’s totally understandable for Tech to be upset if someone is trying to steal from him. Tech founded Strange Music in 1999 with his business partner Travis O’Guin and built it from the ground up. Since then, the label signed over 23 artists and released countless albums.

So when Tech started seeing talk about Strainge Entertainment he knew he had to shut it down and file suit. According to the lawsuit, Tech claims that Universal Music Group created Strainge Entertainment under their umbrella to confuse hip-hop fans.

In the lawsuit, Tech said consumers get Strange Music’s artists mixed up with the Strainge label on social media constantly due to Strainge’s intentional marketing deception — and it’s hurting his label.

The “Midwest Chopper” is suing Strainge Entertainment for trademark infringement, and wants the label to change its name and destroy everything with Strainge on it. Tech also ants any profits Strainge Entertainment has made off the name — because he deserves it.

Trademark Infringement:

Tech N9ne currently has active trademarks for both “Strange Music” and the “SM” wordmark. Tech’s trademark for Strange Music covers everything from audio tapes and CD’s to digital music and clothing.

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What is trademark infringement?

Trademark infringement is the unauthorized use of a trademark or service mark on or in connection with goods and/or services in a manner that is likely to cause confusion, deception, or mistake about the source of the goods and/or services.

What happens when a trademark is infringed upon?

1. A court order (injunction) that the defendant stop using the accused mark

2. An order requiring the destruction or forfeiture of infringing articles

3. Monetary relief, including defendant’s profits, any damages sustained by the plaintiff, and the costs of the action; and

4. An order that the defendant, in certain cases, pay the plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees.

What do you think?  Is the name confusing?  Weigh in below in the comments section.


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