|Telex will take legal action against companies distributing counterfeit copies of the Electro-Voice Sx300 and Sx100 loudspeakers anywhere in the world. Already in March this year, Electric Audio, the importer of Electro-Voice goods in the Netherlands, gave notice that on the instructions of the Telex concern (Electro-Voice is a trade mark of Telex) it had commenced legal proceedings or issued statements of claim against several defendants
The Electro-Voice Sx300, Sx200 and Sx100 loudspeakers are protected by copyright. Since the introduction of these articles in 1994, this right has generally been respected. Recently, however, increasing numbers of counterfeit copies of these loudspeakers have been coming onto the market in violation of the firm's copyright.
The first cases have already been decided in Electro-Voice's favour, the court having decided in each case that the defendants should seek the return of the counterfeit copies from their customers and deliver them to Telex to be destroyed.
The following are among the cases that have already been decided or are pending:
- The company Altai B.V. was sued and the court in Arnheim (the Netherlands) decided in favour of the plaintiff company on the 21st March, 2003. Reference: 96904/KGZA03-128
- The same court also decided against the company Eigenhuijsen Muziek B.V.. Reference: 96214/KGZA03-83
-The company Sky Tronic B.V. accepted an out of court settlement to desist from distributing counterfeit copies of the Sx300 and to seek the return from customers of such counterfeit copies as it had already sold.
Consequent upon the decision, an auditor has been charged with the task of examining the books of the defendant companies to ascertain from whom the counterfeit copies were obtained and how much was earned from the sales.