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Motorcycle Associations Feud Over Copyright, Trademark Rights

Nov. 16, 2021, 5:07 PM

Copyright and trademark infringement claims survived a motion to dismiss in a New York federal court dispute between competing Masonic motorcycle associations over their logos and insignia.

While Judge Charles J. Siragusa for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York said the Widows Sons Masonic Riders Association (WSMRA) cannot seek the cancellation of the Widows Sons Grand Chapter The King’s Guard Inc.’s trademark, the WSMRA can move forward with its trademark and copyright infringement claims, according to the decision and order.

The WSMRA, a network of Freemason motorcyclists, created a logo and insignia of a ...