Warner Bros. Entertainment v. X One X Productions ( 2016 )


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  •                  United States Court of Appeals
                                For the Eighth Circuit
                            ___________________________
    
                                    No. 15-3728
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    Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.; Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Inc.; Turner
                                  Entertainment Co.
    
                          lllllllllllllllllllll Plaintiffs - Appellees
    
                                              v.
    
        X One X Productions, doing business as X One X Movie Archives, Inc.;
       A.V.E.L.A., Inc., doing business as Art & Vintage Entertainment Licensing
                    Agency; Art-Nostalgia.com, Inc.; Leo Valencia
    
                         lllllllllllllllllllll Defendants - Appellants
                                          ____________
    
                       Appeal from United States District Court
                     for the Eastern District of Missouri - St. Louis
                                     ____________
    
                             Submitted: September 21, 2016
                               Filed: November 1, 2016
                                    ____________
    
    Before LOKEN, GRUENDER, and BENTON, Circuit Judges.
                              ____________
    
    GRUENDER, Circuit Judge.
    
          X One X Productions, A.V.E.L.A., Inc., Art-Nostalgia.com, Inc., and Leo
    Valencia (collectively, “AVELA”) appeal a permanent injunction prohibiting them
    from licensing images from the films Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz, as
    well as the animated short films featuring cat-and-mouse duo Tom and Jerry. The
    district court1 issued the permanent injunction after granting summary judgment in
    favor of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Inc., and
    Turner Entertainment Co. (collectively, “Warner”) on their claim that AVELA
    infringed their trademarks and engaged in unfair competition by licensing iconic
    pictures and phrases from the films. For the reasons discussed below, we affirm.
    
                                    I. BACKGROUND
    
           Warner holds registered copyrights in the films Gone with the Wind, The
    Wizard of Oz, and Tom and Jerry cartoons, and it has asserted both registered and
    common law trademarks in the images, characters, words, names, phrases, and
    symbols related to these films. AVELA obtained restored versions of movie posters
    and lobby cards for the films, and from these publicity materials it extracted images
    of famous characters, including Dorothy, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and Scarecrow
    from The Wizard of Oz, Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler from Gone with the Wind,
    and Tom and Jerry. AVELA licenses these images for use on a wide variety of
    consumer products, from shirts, lunch boxes, and playing cards to three-dimensional
    figurines, water globes, and action figures. Warner filed suit against AVELA in 2006,
    asserting copyright and trademark infringement claims under the Copyright Act,
    Lanham Act, and state law. The case is now in its second appeal before this court.
    
           The first appeal concerned Warner’s copyright claims. On March 20, 2009, the
    district court granted Warner summary judgment on its copyright infringement claims
    and entered a permanent injunction prohibiting AVELA from using any of the
    publicity material images in any way except for exact duplication of publicity
    materials in the public domain. AVELA appealed, and this court affirmed in part and
    
    
          1
            The Honorable Henry E. Autrey, United States District Court for the Eastern
    District of Missouri.
    
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    reversed in part, upholding summary judgment and most of the injunction. Warner
    Bros. Entm’t, Inc. v. X One X Productions, et al., 
    644 F.3d 584
    , 604 (8th Cir. 2011).
    In that decision, we divided Appellants’ products into three categories: (1) products
    reproducing “one image from an item of publicity material as an identical two-
    dimensional image”; (2) products “that each juxtapose an image extracted from an
    item of publicity material with another image extracted from elsewhere in the
    publicity materials, or with a printed phrase from the book underlying the subject film,
    to create a new composite work”; and (3) products “that each extend an image
    extracted from an item of publicity material into three dimensions.” Warner Bros.,
    644 F.3d at 602-03. We determined that while products in category one did not
    constitute copyright infringement, products falling into categories two and three did
    constitute copyright infringement. Id. We vacated the permanent injunction with
    respect to products in the first category and remanded the case to the district court.
    Id. at 604.
    
           On remand, Warner requested statutory damages for its copyright claims,
    requested attorneys’ fees, and moved for summary judgment on its trademark
    infringement and unfair competition claims. In its final order, the district court
    granted statutory damages under the Copyright Act in the amount of $10,000 per
    infringed copyright (257 copyrights for a total award of $2,570,000). The district
    court also granted summary judgment on both the trademark infringement and unfair
    competition claims, finding that Warner holds registered trademarks in words and
    phrases from the films and common law trademarks in the film characters. It issued
    a permanent injunction prohibiting AVELA from licensing any images or phrases
    from the films or cartoons, with the exception of exact reproductions of publicity
    materials in the public domain. In a separate order, the district court granted Warner’s
    motion for attorneys’ fees but ordered supplemental briefing regarding the amount.
    The amount of attorneys’ fees remains undetermined. AVELA appeals the entry of the
    attorneys’ fees, statutory damages, summary judgment, and permanent injunction.
    
    
    
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                                      II. DISCUSSION
    
           Although we do not have jurisdiction to hear the portion of the appeal relating
    to attorneys’ fees, we have jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. § 1291 to hear the remainder
    of the appeal. Because the amount of attorneys’ fees remains unresolved, the order
    granting attorneys’ fees is not final. See Dieser v. Cont’l Cas. Co., 
    440 F.3d 920
    , 924
    (8th Cir. 2006) (“Because the August 2004 order expressly left unresolved amounts
    of additional statutory penalties, pre-judgment interest and attorneys’ fees and costs,
    and the March 2005 order called for further submissions from the parties to determine
    the method of calculation . . . these orders could not reasonably be believed to be final
    within the meaning of § 1291.”). However, under the Supreme Court’s “bright-line
    rule . . . that a decision on the merits is a ‘final decision’ for purposes of § 1291
    whether or not there remains for adjudication a request for attorneys’ fees attributable
    to the case,” Budinich v. Becton Dickinson & Co., 
    486 U.S. 196
    , 202-03 (1988), we
    have jurisdiction to hear the remainder of the appeal. See Maristuen v. Nat’l States
    Ins. Co., 
    57 F.3d 673
    , 677-78 (8th Cir. 1995) (explaining that where a district court
    issues two separate judgments, one of which leaves attorneys’ fees undetermined and
    one of which addresses the merits, Budinich controls and the court has jurisdiction
    over the merits appeal).
    
                                   A. Statutory Damages
    
           AVELA argues that the district court violated its Seventh Amendment right to
    a jury trial by awarding statutory damages under the Copyright Act. AVELA
    alternatively contends that the amount of statutory damages does not comport with
    due process.
    
    
    
    
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                                    1. Seventh Amendment
    
           AVELA raises for the first time on appeal the claim that the district court’s
    failure to submit the question of damages to the jury violated the Seventh
    Amendment. We do not ordinarily “address issues that a party raises for the first time
    on appeal and failed to raise in the district court.” Int’l Bhd. of Elec. Workers, Local
    Union No. 545 v. Hope Elec. Corp., 
    380 F.3d 1084
    , 1096 (8th Cir. 2004). Although
    AVELA made a jury demand in its answer, it did not request a jury in its
    memorandum in opposition to Warner’s damages request or otherwise object to the
    district court determining damages without a jury. Indeed, AVELA specifically
    suggested a damages amount to the district court in the event it granted Warner’s
    request. Moreover, AVELA’s motion to amend the judgment challenged the district
    court’s decision as controverting the evidence and as inconsistent with this court’s
    decision in the first appeal, not as violating the Seventh Amendment. Claiming that
    the amount of damages does not conform to statutory authority and a superior court’s
    instruction is wholly distinct from claiming that the district court inappropriately
    structured the underlying proceeding. As a result, AVELA’s Seventh Amendment
    claim is not properly before us, and we decline to consider it.
    
                                        2. Due Process
    
           AVELA alternatively argues that the $2,570,000 statutory damages award is
    disproportionate to the offense, insufficiently reasoned, and in violation of this court’s
    ruling in the previous appeal. AVELA fails to establish that this is the case.
    
           We review damages awarded under the Copyright Act for clear error.
    Pfanenstiel Architects, Inc. v. Chouteau Petroleum Co., 
    978 F.2d 430
    , 432 (8th Cir.
    1992). “The Supreme Court long ago declared that damages awarded pursuant to a
    statute violate due process only if they are ‘so severe and oppressive as to be wholly
    disproportioned to the offense and obviously unreasonable.’” Capitol Records, Inc.
    
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    v. Thomas-Rasset, 
    692 F.3d 899
    , 907 (8th Cir. 2012) (quoting St. Louis, I. M. & S. Ry.
    Co. v. Williams, 
    251 U.S. 63
    , 67 (1919)).
    
           The district court’s award of $10,000 per infringed work is not clearly
    erroneous. In Capitol Records, this court upheld a statutory damages award of $9,250
    per infringed work (for a total of $222,000) as consistent with due process,
    emphasizing the intentionally discretionary nature of statutory damages. 692 F.3d at
    907. Although “[t]he absolute amount of the award, not just the amount per violation,
    is relevant to whether the award is so severe and oppressive as to be wholly
    disproportioned to the offense and obviously unreasonable,” id. at 910 (quoting
    Williams, 251 U.S. at 67), the total award of $2.57 million in the present case is not
    obviously unreasonable. As the district court explained, “This case has had a tortured
    and laborious discovery history,” in which AVELA’s intransigence rendered
    calculating actual damages impossible due to missing or inaccurate records.
    Importantly, the district court noted that over the many years of litigation (now a
    decade), AVELA did not cease the infringing activity at any time. That the district
    court therefore considered a substantial damages award necessary to deter future
    infringement and provide sufficient restitution to the copyright holder is not clearly
    erroneous. See F.W. Woolworth Co. v. Contemporary Arts, 
    344 U.S. 228
    , 232-33
    (1952). Additionally, while the total award in this case far exceeds the total award in
    Capitol Records, the defendant in that case was an individual sharing music files on
    a peer-to-peer network. Capitol Records, 692 F.3d at 901. AVELA’s activities are
    far more extensive, and the amount awarded per infringed work is well within the
    statutory range of $750 to $30,000. 17 U.S.C. § 504(c)(1). As a result, the award in
    this case is not obviously unreasonable.2
    
    
          2
           Although AVELA contends that the district court erred by failing to cite
    comparable damages awards from other cases, nothing in the applicable precedent
    requires the district court to justify its ruling in this manner. See, e.g., Capitol
    Records, 692 F.3d at 906-10 (analyzing whether an award of statutory damages
    comported with due process without considering awards in other cases).
    
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           Finally, the statutory damages award does not contravene this court’s decision
    in the prior appeal. The distinctions we drew between categories of activities that do
    and do not constitute copyright infringement, see Warner Bros., 644 F.3d at 602-604,
    do not bear on how a court determines the appropriate amount of statutory damages
    for those activities that did constitute infringement. The Copyright Act structures
    awards of statutory damages on the basis of each copyrighted work infringed, not on
    the basis of each instance of infringement. See 17 U.S.C. § 504(c)(1) (“[T]he
    copyright owner may elect . . . to recover . . . an award of statutory damages for all
    infringements involved in the action, with respect to any one work . . . in a sum of not
    less than $750 or more than $30,000 as the court considers just.”). We affirmed in the
    prior appeal that AVELA infringed each of Warner’s copyrights in The Wizard of Oz,
    Gone With the Wind, and Tom and Jerry cartoons in at least some respect. See
    Warner Bros., 644 F.3d at 602-04. Accordingly, the district court did not contravene
    this court’s decision by awarding damages on a per work basis.
    
                  B. Trademark Infringement and Unfair Competition
    
           The court reviews the district court’s order granting summary judgment de
    novo. Seymour v. City of Des Moines, 
    519 F.3d 790
    , 795 (8th Cir. 2008); Omni
    Behavioral Health v. Miller, 
    285 F.3d 646
    , 650 (8th Cir. 2002). “Summary judgment
    is appropriate when the evidence viewed in the light most favorable to the nonmoving
    party presents no genuine issue of material fact and the moving party is entitled to
    judgment as a matter of law.” Coates v. Powell, 
    639 F.3d 471
    , 475 (8th Cir. 2011).
    
                        1. Judicial Admission and Judicial Estoppel
    
           AVELA argues that Warner made a judicial admission that it would not need
    to pursue its trademark and unfair competition claims if it prevailed on its copyright
    claims. AVELA also maintains that judicial estoppel applies to this statement. After
    the district court granted summary judgment on Warner’s copyright claims, Warner
    
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    stated the following in its memorandum in support of its claim for damages and
    request for entry of final judgment:
    
          If the grant of summary judgment on the copyright claim is appealed and
          subsequently affirmed by the appellate court, Plaintiffs will not need to
          pursue the other pending claims in the district court. A final judgment
          on the copyright claim in this case could prevent both this court and the
          appellate court from having to decide the remaining claims in Plaintiffs’
          complaint.
    
           This statement does not constitute a judicial admission. A judicial admission
    is a formal admission before a court that “acts as a substitute for evidence in that it
    does away with the need for evidence in regard to the subject matter of the judicial
    admission.” State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Worthington, 
    405 F.2d 683
    , 686 (8th
    Cir. 1968). For that reason, “judicial admissions are binding for the purpose of the
    case in which the admissions are made including appeals.” State Farm, 405 F.2d at
    686. Warner’s statement did not admit anything, much less anything of evidentiary
    value. Rather, it made a conditional prediction that if the district court rendered final
    judgment on its copyright claims and the Eighth Circuit affirmed that judgment, then
    it could prevent the courts from having to consider the trademark claims because
    Warner would not need to pursue them to obtain the relief it wanted. This does not
    admit anything or add evidentiary value. Accordingly, the doctrine of judicial
    admissions does not bar Warner’s trademark claims.
    
          Likewise, judicial estoppel does not apply. Judicial estoppel “generally
    prevents a party from prevailing in one phase of a case on an argument and then
    relying on a contradictory argument to prevail in another phase.” New Hampshire v.
    Maine, 
    532 U.S. 742
    , 749 (2001) (quoting Pegram v. Herdrich, 
    530 U.S. 211
    , 227 n.8
    (2000)). Judicial estoppel is based on three factors. “First, a party’s later position
    must be ‘clearly inconsistent’ with its earlier position.” New Hampshire, 532 U.S. at
    750 (quoting United States v. Hook, 
    195 F.3d 299
    , 306 (7th Cir. 1999)). Second, the
    
    
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    party must have persuaded the court to accept the earlier position, and the court would
    appear to have been misled if the party is allowed to make the contradictory argument.
    New Hampshire, 532 U.S. at 750. Finally, “[a] third consideration is whether the
    party seeking to assert an inconsistent position would derive an unfair advantage or
    impose an unfair detriment on the opposing party if not estopped.” Id. at 751.
    
           Warner’s statement does not fulfill these criteria. First, Warner’s present
    position is not clearly inconsistent with its prior statement. Since Warner did not
    receive all the relief it wanted under copyright law, see Warner, 644 F.3d at 604
    (reversing in part), it is not acting inconsistently by pursuing the rest of the relief it
    wanted under trademark law. Second, Warner’s statement is not an argument it
    persuaded the district court to accept. The statement supplies a possible ancillary
    benefit of judgment in Warner’s favor and by the statement’s own terms depends on
    the actions of a court other than the one to which the statement was made. The district
    court could hardly have relied upon such a statement; indeed, the lower court’s
    resulting order does not even mention it. Finally, Warner derives no unfair advantage
    and imparts no unfair detriment by pursuing its trademark claims. AVELA may not
    like Warner’s trademark claims, but allowing them to proceed does not treat AVELA
    unfairly. On the contrary, dismissing Warner’s trademark claims based on the
    statement in question would treat Warner unfairly by forcing it to adhere to a
    conditional prediction when the necessary condition did not occur. Accordingly,
    judicial estoppel does not apply.
    
                    2. Dastar Corp. v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.
    
           AVELA next contends that Dastar Corp. v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.,
    
    539 U.S. 23
     (2003), prevents Warner’s trademark claims. In Dastar, the Supreme
    Court addressed a claim for trademark infringement under § 43(a) of the Lanham Act,
    which creates liability for the use of, inter alia, “any false designation of origin.” Id.
    at 25, 30 n.4 (quoting 15 U.S.C. § 1125(a)(1)). Fox owned the copyright in the
    
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    television series “Crusade in Europe,” which was based on General Eisenhower’s
    book of the same name. Fox allowed the copyright to expire, but it later reacquired
    the television rights in Eisenhower’s book, including the exclusive right to distribute
    the television series on video. Dastar released a video set called “World War II
    Campaigns in Europe,” which incorporated the content of the Crusade television
    series with minimal modifications. Denying Fox’s trademark claims, the Supreme
    Court determined that the term “origin” as used in § 43(a) “refers to the producer of
    the tangible goods that are offered for sale, and not to the author of any idea, concept,
    or communication embodied in those goods. . . . To hold otherwise would be akin to
    finding that § 43(a) created a species of perpetual patent and copyright . . . .” Dastar,
    539 U.S. at 37.
    
           Warner’s asserted trademarks in the characters from the films and cartoons do
    not run afoul of Dastar. The district court found and AVELA did not dispute that
    Warner holds registered trademarks in iconic phrases and names from the films and
    has used the character images for trademark purposes on a host of consumer goods for
    many years. Images of the film actors in character and signature phrases from the
    films are not communications, concepts, or ideas that the consumer goods embody as
    Dastar defines these terms. Products marketed under AVELA’s licenses employ
    iconic film characters’ pictures to associate the products with Warner’s films, not to
    copy the film itself. Accordingly, these are trademark claims, not disguised copyright
    claims, and Dastar does not bar them.
    
                                3. Functionality and Fair Use
    
          AVELA further contends that Warner cannot maintain a viable trademark claim
    because either (1) the key elements of the trademark are functional, or (2) AVELA’s
    use of the trademarks constitutes fair use. However, AVELA has waived these
    defenses.
    
    
    
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           Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(c) provides that a party must affirmatively plead affirmative
    defenses. While failure to plead an affirmative defense is not necessarily fatal in all
    circumstances, the affirmative defense must at least be raised before the trial court.
    United States ex rel. Kraxberger v. Kansas City Power and Light Co., 
    756 F.3d 1075
    ,
    1082 (8th Cir. 2014) (explaining that “technical failure to comply with Rule 8(c) is not
    fatal” when the defense “is raised in the trial court in a manner that does not result in
    unfair surprise”) (quotations omitted) (emphasis added). Trademark fair use is an
    affirmative defense. 15 U.S.C. § 1115(b)(4); KP Permanent Make-Up, Inc. v. Lasting
    Impression I, Inc., 
    543 U.S. 111
    , 118 (2004). Likewise, functionality is an affirmative
    defense. 15 U.S.C. § 1115(b)(8). However, AVELA did not raise either functionality
    or trademark fair use at all in the trial court. While AVELA did assert copyright fair
    use as an affirmative defense, trademark fair use and copyright fair use are distinct
    defenses for distinct claims. These defenses derive from wholly separate statutory
    provisions, which are constructed differently and formulated specifically for each
    respective subject area. Compare 15 U.S.C. § 1115(b)(4) (trademark fair use under
    the Lanham Act) with 17 U.S.C. § 107 (copyright fair use under the Copyright Act).
    Neither functionality nor trademark fair use appear in any of AVELA’s pleadings or
    in its motion for summary judgment. Accordingly, AVELA has waived these
    defenses.
    
                                  4. Likelihood of Confusion
    
            AVELA also contends that summary judgment was erroneously granted
    because “the likelihood of confusion factors are quintessential jury questions.” On the
    contrary, district courts can and have decided likelihood of confusion by both bench
    trials and summary judgment. See, e.g., Kemp v. Bumble Bee Seafoods, Inc., 
    398 F.3d 1049
    , 1053-54 (8th Cir. 2005) (reviewing district court’s application of likelihood of
    confusion factors at bench trial for clear error); Davis v. Walt Disney Co., 
    430 F.3d 901
    , 902-03 (8th Cir. 2005) (reviewing district court’s determination of likelihood of
    
    
    
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    confusion on summary judgment). Accordingly, the likelihood of confusion does not
    always require a jury trial.
    
           Moreover, on the merits, the district court did not err by rendering summary
    judgment on the likelihood of confusion. Although this court reviews likelihood of
    confusion on summary judgment de novo, “[f]actual disputes regarding a single factor
    are insufficient to support the reversal of summary judgment unless they tilt the entire
    balance in favor of such a finding.” Davis, 430 F.3d at 903 (quoting Duluth News-
    Tribune v. Mesabi Publ’g Co., 
    84 F.3d 1093
    , 1096 (8th Cir. 1996)). Likelihood of
    confusion turns on six factors:
    
          1) the strength of the plaintiff’s mark; 2) the similarity between the
          plaintiff’s and defendant’s marks; 3) the degree to which the allegedly
          infringing product competes with the plaintiff’s goods; 4) the alleged
          infringer’s intent to confuse the public; 5) the degree of care reasonably
          expected of potential customers, and 6) evidence of actual confusion.
    
    Davis, 430 F.3d at 903 (citing SquirtCo v. Seven-Up Co., 
    628 F.2d 1086
    , 1091 (8th
    Cir. 1980)). AVELA challenges the strength of the marks and actual confusion.
    AVELA’s argument regarding strength of the marks is largely self-defeating, asserting
    that the film titles and images are descriptive because they “immediately alert the
    purchaser to the nature of the product, i.e., that it is from” Warner’s films. This aptly
    describes a strong trademark, immediately associating the product with Warner.
    Additionally, “actual confusion is not essential to a finding of trademark
    infringement,” but it is a kind of proof a court may consider. SquirtCo., 628 F.2d at
    1091. Given the strength of the other factors the district court considered to weigh in
    favor of Warner,3 the lack of evidence of actual confusion does not even approach
    
          3
           The district court found that the marks are strong given the films’ popularity
    over sixty years, that AVELA engages in direct competition using identical marks,
    and that consumers cannot distinguish between Warner’s products and AVELA’s
    products by taking reasonable care. AVELA has not raised anything else to dispute
    
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    “tilt[ing] the entire balance in favor” of reversal. Davis, 430 F.3d at 903. As a result,
    the district court did not err by rendering summary judgment.
    
                                    5. Permanent Injunction
    
           Next, AVELA contends that the permanent injunction violates Federal Rules
    of Civil Procedure 52(a)(2) and 65(d). AVELA raises this issue for the first time on
    appeal despite an extensive opportunity to raise the issue before the district court. The
    district court entered its original judgment on March 31, 2014. Warner filed a motion
    to amend the judgment, and in its June 2014 memorandum in opposition, AVELA
    proposed an alternative amended judgment that provided injunctive relief with the
    same generality as the district court’s final order in October 2015. Accordingly,
    AVELA not only was well-aware of the injunction’s generality for over a year and
    failed to challenge it, but also would have agreed to a judgment with the same failings
    it now tries to challenge. Therefore, in accordance with International Brotherhood
    of Electric Workers, 380 F.3d at 1096 (8th Cir. 2004), we will “not address issues that
    a party raises for the first time on appeal and failed to raise in the district court.” Id.
    
           Alternatively, AVELA contends that Warner did not show success on the merits
    or a threat of irreparable harm. AVELA bases the former argument solely on its
    arguments on the merits of the trademark claims and the possibility that this court may
    agree with them. Since we addressed these arguments above and did not agree with
    them, Warner has shown success on the merits. AVELA’s argument on the threat of
    irreparable harm consists only of the undeveloped statement that no evidence shows
    a threat of irreparable harm. However, a finding that likelihood of confusion exists
    results in a presumption that a threat of irreparable harm exists. See Calvin Klein
    Cosmetics Corp. v. Lenox Laboratories, Inc., 
    815 F.2d 500
    , 505 (8th Cir. 1987); Black
    Hills Jewelry Mfg. Co. v. Gold Rush, Inc., 
    633 F.2d 746
    , 753–54 (8th Cir. 1980)
    
    
    these findings.
    
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    (holding that a finding of “tendency to deceive”—synonymous with “likely to
    confuse” under 15 U.S.C. § 1125(a)—demonstrates irreparable harm). As a result, we
    reject AVELA’s arguments against the permanent injunction.
    
                             6. Consistency with Prior Appeal
    
            Finally, AVELA argues that the district court acted inconsistently with this
    court’s ruling in the prior appeal by granting relief on the trademark and unfair
    competition claims without considering the category of products we deemed not to
    infringe Warner’s copyrights. This contention conflates copyright law with trademark
    law. Copyright law and trademark law are distinct from each other, as AVELA admits
    in its Dastar argument. As a result, an action that does not infringe a copyrights may
    still infringe a trademark. Therefore, whether the products in question infringed
    Warner’s copyrights has no bearing on whether the products infringe Warner’s
    trademarks. Even if they did, the final injunction made an exception for the
    reproduction of publicity materials in the public domain in their entirety and without
    alteration. Accordingly, the district court’s order is not inconsistent with our prior
    holding.
    
                                    III. CONCLUSION
    
         For the foregoing reasons, we affirm the district court’s grant of statutory
    damages, summary judgment, and permanent injunction.
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Document Info

DocketNumber: 15-3728

Filed Date: 11/1/2016

Modified Date: 11/1/2016

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Budinich v. Becton Dickinson & Co. , 486 U.S. 196 ( 1988 )

Pegram v. Herdrich , 530 U.S. 211 ( 2000 )

New Hampshire v. Maine , 532 U.S. 742 ( 2001 )

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KP Permanent Make-Up, Inc. v. Lasting Impression I, Inc. , 543 U.S. 111 ( 2004 )

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