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AEG Launches Preemptive Attack Against Bootleggers

DENVER, CO (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — AEG is filing a preemptive trademark infringement claim against hundreds of nameless defendants.

In preparation for this weekend's Mile High Music Festival in Denver, AEG is asking a federal court in Colorado to order the US Marshall, local and state police, off-duty officers, and AEG agents to seize and impound bootlegged merchandise, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

According to AEG's new complaint, "only the plaintiff has the right to sell merchandise bearing the Festival Trademarks at and near the Festival."

The complaint follows a similar lawsuit filed earlier this summer by UMG's merchandising division, Bravado International Group, in anticipation of a series of concerts by Lady Gaga at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Now, AEG is hoping to replicate Bravado's success. No damage has yet been done. And any follow-up legal action after the concert is doubtful according to The Hollywood Reporter.

But of course, one would hardly expect anybody to show up this week in a Colorado court to contest AEG's lawsuit, although a supporting brief filed in the case says that defendants do have that opportunity.

The brief also says the unnamed defendants "are not neophytes, but rather somewhat sophisticated businessmen who operate in stealth to thwart the legitimate rights of the Plaintiff."

Jack Johnson, Phoenix, and the Dave Matthews Band are among other acts set to play Denver's two day, five-stage Mile High Music Festival. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers