Earlier this year, UMG’s Republic Records sued a startups investment platform called Republic. It claimed that the latter’s music activities – a partnership with Opulous – might cause confusion between the two companies.
The lawsuit is far from over, but UMG has received a setback over its attempts to get a preliminary injunction forcing the company to change its name ahead of the case going to court. “The fact that both parties’ products exist within the same industry is not enough. The products and services offered by the parties differ significantly,” ruled Judge Analisa Torres, according to Billboard.
The article suggests that while this is not a final verdict in the lawsuit itself, it may be a strong hint that Republic Records will struggle to win, and thus could speed moves to settle rather than litigate.
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