March 01, 2012 10:11am PT by Eriq Gardner
Hollywood Docket: Jimmy Buffett Settles Martiniville Flap; Pirate Bay Removes Torrent Links; and More
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Margaritaville vs. Martiniville
Jimmy Buffett has settled a trademark dispute with Florida restaurant Martiniville Liquor Bar & Kitchen, which he claimed infringed his "Margaritaville" trademark. Buffett wrote the hit song "Margaritaville" in 1977 and has been licensing restaurants and other merchandise using the mark since 1985. Terms of the settlement weren't fully revealed but according to one publication, the defendant has changed the restaurant's name to the Martini Bistro after realizing that the threat of a $750,000 payout was "not worth the risk."
Merlin Settles Claims Against Limewire
Merlin, a global rights agency that represents a number of independent record labels with acts including Adele, Vampire Weekend and The National, has reached a settlement with Limewire to resolve copyright infringement claims. The amount of the settlement hasn't been disclosed, but Billboard reports that if Merlin's members got a deal commensurate with what major labels got last year ($110 million), Merlin will walk away with $15 million to put an end to a lawsuit that was filed last July.