U.S. News | Old Spice Faces Copyright Infringement Lawsuit over its Whistle Theme

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H. Scott Salinas, a music composer, has filed a lawsuit in a California federal court against Procter & Gamble for copyright infringement over its whistle theme.

The plaintiff allegedly accuses Procter & Gamble of using his iconic whistle tune for use without permission.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendant had a license to the whistled tune for a short period of time, and after the licensed expired, Procter & Gamble created a whistle melody that is similar to the tune H. Scott Salinas created.

H. Scott Salinas accuses the defendant of copyright infringement and violating trademark law which has caused lots of damages and confusion.

The plaintiff is seeking cancellation of P&G’s trademark registration for their jingle.

The case is still ongoing.

Salinas v. The Procter & Gamble Company et al

Judge: R Gary Klausner
Court:California Central District Court
Case #: 2:19-cv-06794
Nature of Suit:Copyright
Cause:Copyright Infringement
Case Filed: August 05, 2019
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