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Top 10 stories of the week: Gibson trademark infringement, Fighting the rockstar stereotype, Daisy Rock speaks out

Laura  Barnes
Top 10 stories of the week: Gibson trademark infringement, Fighting the rockstar stereotype, Daisy Rock speaks out

This biggest story by far this week has been the news that Gibson has accused Jam Industries USA of infringing on three of its guitar trademarks.

Gibson alleges that Jam has infringed the marks through the sale of its Hamer-branded guitars, including the ‘Explorer body shape design’ mark, the ‘Flying V body shape design’ mark, and the ‘Kramer peghead design’ mark.

According to Gibson, the trademarks’ use breaches licences signed by Jam’s predecessor, Kaman Music, in 1996. Jam purchased Kaman in 2015.

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1. Gibson accuses Jam of infringing three guitar trademarks
Gibson has accused Jam Industries USA of infringing three of its guitar trademarks and is seeking $1 million per counterfeit mark, injunctive relief, punitive damages, destruction of infringing goods, and a jury trial.

2. OPINION: Why we must all fight against the rockstar stereotype
Following the recent death of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, in her latest MI Pro column, radio presenter and DJ Rowena Lewis looks at how the idolised rock’n’roll image can act as a disguise – and excuse – for depressive male behaviour…

3. Daisy Rock rebuts claims St Vincent's Ernie Ball is the first female signature guitar made for the mass market
Female-owned guitar maker Daisy Rock has hit back at claims that St Vincent’s Ernie Ball signature model is the first for mass market designed by a woman, asking for the industry to “give credit where credit is earned”.

4. Ashdown announces new Export Sales Manager and the return of Chris Bates
Ashdown Engineering has announced two new appointments to its team.

5. Laney to celebrate 50 years of amp manufacturing
Laney Amplification will hit its 50th anniversary milestone in September 2017.

6. OPINION: It is time to make music lessons accessible for every child
There aren't many people who would argue against the idea that education is important for not only developing a child’s brain academically, but also helping them understand social situations, express themselves and much, much more.

7. Origin Effects' rapid expansion creates three new roles
Origin Effects has announced three new appointments to the business due to the effects pedal maker’s rapid expansion over the past year.

8. Korg to host world-exclusive product launch at first UK dealer event
Korg UK has announced its first official dealer event, which will take place at the end of August.

9. D'Addario unveils new guitar, bass and ukulele accessories
D’Addario has introduced a number of new accessories and maintenance products for guitar, bass and ukulele.

10. James Bay reveals the story behind his Epiphone signature guitar
Last month, we reported that Epiphone has introduced a new limited edition James Bay "1966" Century archtop Outfit, inspired by the musician’s own vintage 1966 Epiphone.

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