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Busted: Elvis Presley Enterprises Cracks Whip on Bootleg Ring

Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. has taken legal action to stop the commercial sale and distribution of a DVD/CD set that included recordings and audiovisual footage of Elvis Presley concert performances. Working with a team of investigators, EPE was able to track down the individuals they believe to be behind the release and distribution of the box set.

As of today, EPE has begun action in the Chancery Division of the High Court, England and Wales, against Joseph Pirzada, the alleged source of the infringing materials in the box set.

On February 2, 2011, EPE also filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court, Northern District of Florida, against Bud Glass, an Elvis Presley memorabilia collector, for the alleged illegal sale and distribution of the box set in the United States.

EPE is currently reviewing the evidence and considering filing additional lawsuits against other individuals responsible for the manufacture, sale, and release of this particular box set as well as other bootleg recordings and merchandise.

On February 1, 2011, Elvis Presley Enterprises was also awarded summary judgment against Agostino Carollo (DJ Spankox) in the Chancery Division of the High Court, England and Wales.

In 2009, Carollo requested permission from EPE to create a remix album of Elvis Presley Christmas classics. While the parties had entered into an agreement in 2008 with respect to his first album of Elvis Presley remixes and a follow-up album, EPE advised Carollo in 2009 that it would not support nor endorse such a Christmas remix album. Nevertheless, Carollo released the Christmas remix album, which included EPE’s trademarks, logos, and photographs.

Marvel Teams with the NBA

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, and the National Basketball Association have announced a collaboration to launch an exclusive collection of co-branded merchandise featuring NBA team logos alongside Super Heroes in the Marvel Universe.

The line will include co-branded apparel and accessories, with artwork featuring a variety of Marvel Super Heroes, including Spider-Man, Iron Man and Captain America, dressed in NBA team colors and logos.

The collection will launch with headwear and apparel, including T-shirts and sweatshirts by C-Life, as well as headwear by New Era.

Modell’s and Madison Square Garden will launch the New York collection and the STAPLES Center will be the first destination for L.A. Lakers co-branded merchandise to debut at the NBA All-Star game on February 20. The products will then be made available in other national and regional sporting goods retailers, specialty stores, additional NBA arena stores, and mid-tier channels sports apparel departments.

National Geographic and Colorbok Partner for Activity Range

National Geographic and Colorbök have formed a licensing arrangement to develop a line of kids’ arts and crafts activities. Available fourth quarter of this year, the products are targeted for kids ages 6 to 11. Activities will range from wildlife and nature to world culture and exploration, and will include National Geographic Fun Facts.

National Geographic’s net proceeds from the sale of the Colorbök line of products will support exploration, conservation, research and education programs.

National Children’s Museum and Sesame Partner

The National Children’s Museum (NCM) will work in partnership with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, to provide the nonprofit with a permanent place in the museum to extend the Workshop’s educational mission. The National Children’s Museum will provide Sesame Workshop a permanent museum home in the nation’s capital extending the Workshop’s educational mission. As part of the partnership, Sesame Street, and its characters, through interactive exhibits, educational video segments and books, will be integrated into elements of the Museum’s Early Learners gallery and incorporated in select Museum events and programming. Additionally, Sesame Workshop will collaborate with NCM on content development, exhibits, and program creation for the Museum’s Our World gallery, which will focus on diverse cultures and places around the globe.

The National Children’s Museum will open in 2013 at National Harbor, Md.

ESPN Launches Line of Retro Tees

ESPN Consumer Products, in collaboration with Sportiqe Apparel, launches “Sports Heaven” apparel collection this month. The vintage inspired t-shirt line pays homage to ESPN’s original programming line-up and logos.  The collection launches this month at Bloomindgale’s and and featured styles include the World Frisbee and Full Contact Karate Championships, Slo-Pitch Softball, Australian Rules Football, and Superstock Saturday along with original ESPN branded logos and styles.

Watch CSI and Win With CBS Consumer Products

Ubisoft and CBS Consumer Products are bringing the world’s most watched television drama—CSI: Crime Scene Investigation—to Facebook through an innovative watch and win cross promotion for the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Crime City social game.

Starting with the Thursday, February 3rd broadcast of CSI on CBS, players of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Crime City will be able to watch episodes and obtain clues that will unlock special bonuses in the game. The month-long promotion marks an unprecedented collaboration between a primetime series and social game developer, allowing Ubisoft to drive viewers during sweeps month while enhancing gameplay.

The promotion will debut in episode #1113 titled “The Two Mrs. Grissoms.”  Leading up to its premiere and future episodes, players will be provided a question on the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Crime City Facebook page that can only be answered by watching that week’s episode of the series. When retrieved, answers will unlock free UbiCredits that provide energy points in the game.

Raven Tree Press Gets Stinky

Stone America Licensing announced today that Raven Tree Press has been appointed exclusive publisher for StinkyKids traditional soft and hard cover story books as well as, electronic/digitized formats.

Raven Tree Press will be publishing the reprint of  StinkyKids and the Runaway Scissors, the first in a series of StinkyKids stories that is already being sold and a favorite with parents and kids.  The book will complement the current doll line created by licensee Madame Alexander that is now available at retail.  The Madame Alexander StinkyKids doll line has enjoyed tremendous success with retailers to include FAO Schwarz, Nordstrom, and Fat Brain Toys, just to name a few.

Raven Tree Press specializes in award–winning children’s picture books in English, Spanish, and Bilingual editions.

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