Fort Wayne, IN (September 2, 2016)—After filing a trademark infringement suit against Austin, TX-based internet retailer Hello Music in March, Sweetwater Sound has settled the matter out of court.
In the lawsuit, Hello Music was said to have illegally copied Sweetwater’s online content, including product information and specifications, and posted them on the Hello Music website in order to promote the sale of audio technology and musical instruments, to the point of accidentally leaving Sweetwater’s name in many pages, including the phrase, “Call your Sweetwater Sales Engineer.”
All of the disputed content has been removed from Hello Music’s web site. This isn’t the first time this has happened to Sweetwater; in December, 2014, the company announced that more than 70 music retail websites had lifted anywhere from one or two images to hundreds of pages from Sweetwater.com.
Regarding the Hello Music issue, Sweetwater founder and president Chuck Surack remarked, "I regret having to take legal action, but the abuse was blatant. Our website was the first in the industry and its content is the product of years of hard work on the part of many people here at Sweetwater. I had to act to protect that content as well as the Sweetwater brand. My hope is that others will now think twice before they attempt to infringe on our brand or make unauthorized use of our content."
In the settlement agreement, Hello Music admits and acknowledges that: “its online e-store site at hellomusic.com contained select content, including but not limited to approximately 50 product descriptions, that was displayed to the public.” The agreement goes on to say, “Hello Music did so without permission or authorization from Sweetwater.”