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Lucasfilm Targets Lightsaber Classes With Lawsuit

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A Star Wars fan dressed as Kylo Ren raises his lightsaber during Lightsaber Battle LA in Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles, California on Dec.18, 2015. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 19 Oct 2016 01:48 PM

Lucasfilm is striking back at lightsaber classes alleging trademark infringement in a lawsuit filed against Michael Brown and his businesses with a "Star Wars" theme.

The lawsuit, filed Oct. 14 in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, named Brown's businesses, including New York Jedi, the Lightsaber Academy, and Thrills and Skills, according to court documents.

"Defendants regularly use the Lucasfilm Trademarks without authorization in connection with their businesses," the complaint said. "Among other infringing activities, Defendants use a logo that is nearly identical, and confusingly similar, to Lucasfilm’s trademark Jedi Order logo … round in shape, with six wing-like shapes curving upward (three per side), and an eight-pointed star featuring elongated top and bottom points stretched into a vertical line."

Lucasfilm is demanding a permanent injunction, actual damages and profits, or alternatively, up to $2 million in statutory damages for each trademark infringed, The Hollywood Reporter noted.

The Lightsaber Academy bills itself as the "finest sources of knowledge in learning the art of lightsaber combat and stage combat," according to its website.

"We are building a consortium of lightsaber instructors operating in their own MetaStyle of either Academic Study, Stage Combat, or Sport Dueling, but it all is rooted in The 8 Core Principles," stated the Lightsaber Academy website. "… Here you will find true understanding of the hilt, the properties and rules of the weapon, proper body mechanics, and basic methods to engage in saber to saber combat, or choreography."

The New York Times reported that New York Jedi offers private lessons and weekly group classes in Midtown Manhattan with "experienced dancers, martial artists, and cosplayers that know a thing or two about saber choreography."

Lucasfilm became a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Co. in 2012 when the entertainment giant purchased the movie franchise for $2.21 billion, including its operational brands of LucasArts, Industrial Light & Magic, and Skywalker Sound, The Hollywood Reporter noted at the time.

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