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Sinatra family 'win name battle'
Frank Sinatra
Sinatra's family said they wanted to protect his legacy
Frank Sinatra's family have won damages after a court ruled an unauthorised tribute show used his name without permission, family lawyers have said.

Sinatra: The Main Event was billed as an unofficial biography of the singer.

But his family argued that it infringed the singer's trademark and the word "unauthorised" was in such small print that the public would be confused.

Family lawyers said a Los Angeles court awarded an injunction and "substantial" damages against producers Main Event.

The show featured an impersonator and played briefly in Atlantic City in 2001 and in Las Vegas in 2002.

My father spent a lifetime concerned with the quality and integrity of his professional life
Tina Sinatra
Sinatra: The Main Event had also been the title of an authorised television programme and audio and video recordings during his life.

Sinatra's daughter Tina said the family brought the lawsuit to protect the legacy of her father, who died in aged 82 in May 1998.

"My father spent a lifetime concerned with the quality and integrity of his professional life," she said.

"It is unfortunate that we must resort to the judicial system to stop people who simply want to profit from the use of his name."

Sinatra Enterprises lawyer Mark Lee said he hoped producers of other such shows would take notice.

"You cannot use the Sinatra trademarks in a production in a way that is likely to confuse the public into believing that it is an authorised show when it isn't," he said.

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