A jury has ruled that the Frank Sinatra trademark was infringed by an unauthorised tribute show featuring an impersonator.

The show, which played briefly in American gambling cities Atlantic City in 2001 and Las Vegas in 2002, was called SINATRA: THE MAIN EVENT and was billed as an unauthorised biography of the celebrated singer, who died in 1998.

But lawyers for the Sinatra family argued that the words "unauthorised" were in such small print that the public would be confused. Sinatra had also used Sinatra: The Main Event as the title of a television programme and of audio and video recordings during his life.

Mark Lee, lawyer for SINATRA ENTERPRISES at the trial, says the Los Angeles federal court jury awarded "substantial" damages and issued a permanent injunction against the presenters of the show, JEFFREY KUTASH and his company MAIN EVENT INCORPORATED.

Sinatra's daughter TINA says in a statement, "My father spent a lifetime concerned with the quality and integrity of his professional life; it is unfortunate that we must resort to the judicial system to stop people who simply want to profit from the use of his name."

12/01/2004 08:40