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Pink Floyd Goes After Alibaba to Stop the Sale of Chinese Counterfeit Goods

By TheBlast Staff

Pink Floyd is asking a judge to help them put a stop to the sale of counterfeit memorabilia from Chinese manufacturers on the Internet and they want websites like Alibaba, Facebook and Google to help them out.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the legendary band claims a number of unknown companies have been selling counterfeit goods online, claiming the companies go "to great lengths to conceal both their identities and the full scope and interworking of their illegal counterfeiting operation."

The band claims the companies use sites like iOffer and Aliexpress and claim they design their listings "so that they appear to unknowing consumers to be authorized online retailers, outlet stores, or wholesalers selling genuine PINK FLOYD products."

Pink Floyd claims they have not given any of these companies permission to use their trademark and none of them are authorized retailers of their goods.

They also claim these companies have incorporated "search engine optimization (SEO) tactics and social media spamming" so their products appear prominently when fans search for Pink Floyd memorabilia.

Pink Floyd is seeking an injunction to stop the sale of the counterfeit goods and they want all the counterfeit websites transferred over to them.

The band also wants a judge to issue an injunction against iOffer and Alibaba — as well as Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google, Bing and Yahoo — to stop them from providing any services for the offending sites.

Pink Floyd is asking for all the profits made by the companies selling the counterfeit goods or $2,000,000 for each and every use of their trademark.

A judge has yet to rule.

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