Plaintiff William V. Aguiar III, sued documentary filmmaker Floyd Webb, alleging that Webb’s promotional website and film trailer for his upcoming film infringed on copyrights and trademarks that Aguiar claims to own. Webb’s film, “The Search for Count Dante,” chronicles the real-life odyssey of martial arts master John Keehan, a.k.a. Count Juan Raphael Dante — “The Crown Prince of Death.” Aguiar, the asserted heir to Dante’s legacy and intellectual property, succeeded in temporarily shutting down Webb’s promotional website and removing his video trailers from YouTube. Having succeeded in restoring the promotional website and video trailers, we defended Webb against Aguiar’s infringement claim and defeated Aguilar’s motion for a preliminary injunction. The case was dismissed after the parties reached a settlement, allowing Webb’s film to proceed uninhibited by Aguilar’s claims.
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