Plaintiff Gibson Guitar owns various trademarks relating to a ‘flying vee’ shaped guitar. Defendant Viacom licenses its Spongebob marks to licensee, which sells Spongebob Squarepants ‘flying vee’-shaped ukuleles (tell me you’re not smiling). Plaintiff’s trademark causes against Viacom dismissed at 12(b)(6) on grounds that Viacom’s ‘control’ over licensee doesn’t rise to contributory or vicarious liability standard.

This decision has been appealed.

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