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Phish hopes to hook bootleggers

The jam band Phish has asked a Virginia federal judge to block the sale of unlicensed merchandise.

After a five-year hiatus from touring, the band kicks off their reunion tour this weekend at the Hampton Coliseum. They filed suit in the U.S. District Court in Newport News against defendants “John Does 1-to-100″ and “ABC Corporations 1 to-5,” reports the Daily Press, in an effort to block the sale of any non-licensed merchandise that bears the band’s name and trademarks.

The band’s attorney, Amy G. Marino of Williams Mullen in Richmond, is asking for a temporary injunction against potential bootleggers. A hearing before Judge Raymond Jackson will be held tomorrow.

 Update: Judge Jackson said Thursday he would grant an injunction against unlicensed merchandise at the Hampton Phish concerts this weekend.  As the Daily Press reports, however, the judge will not order seizure of bootleg goods. 

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