Joan Jett's Blackheart Records Group Sues Hot Topic Over Teen Goods

The 26-page lawsuit details Jett's accomplishments, such as being one of two women guitarists on Rolling Stone's list of the top 100 guitarists of all time. The lawsuit points out "I Love Rock N' Roll" was ranked by Billboard Magazine as the 56th most popular song of all time.

Monica Riva Talley, an attorney who specializes in trademark law with Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox and who is not involved in this lawsuit, said the case illustrates the necessity of ensuring that trademark license agreements are carefully drafted and routinely reviewed.

"While these type of licensing arrangements are often a boon to the businesses of both licensor and licensee, to work best all parties need to be on the same page as to what constitutes authorized activities," she said.

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