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Judge Dismisses Copyright Suit Vs. Rock

February 6, 2003

DETROIT (AP) _ A judge has dismissed trademark and copyright infringement claims brought against singer Kid Rock by former business associates.

U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds ruled Monday that Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, is the sole owner of the Top Dog trademark that appears on his albums and other merchandise.

Alvin Williams and Earl Blunt of EB-Bran Productions claimed that Kid Rock signed a contract in 1989 agreeing to share with them and their company the proceeds of future record album sales and the profits from the Top Dog Records label.

The Detroit rap-rocker sued Williams in U.S. District Court in May 2001. He said a purported 1989 contract that gave EB-Bran sole ownership of the Top Dog trademark and established a partnership with Kid Rock was a fraud. Williams and Blunt countersued.

Edmunds dismissed the countersuit, saying that even if EB-Bran did acquire ownership of the trademark in 1989, the company abandoned its interest by not using the mark for at least a decade.

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