Wednesday, March 02, 2005

I read some interesting news from the music biz this morning. Japan's Roland, one of the world's major manufacturers of professional musical equipment, is suing Germany's Behringer for product infringement. At January's NAMM show Behringer introduced a new line of ridiculously cheap guitar effects pedals that were very obviously cloned from products produced by Roland, as part of their industry leading Boss line, and New York based Electro Harmonix. Behringer claimed at the time they were created in conjunction with Roland. Roland says this is not the case and is suing. It will be interesting to see if Electro Harmonix, a much smaller company, will take any legal action. This is not the first time Behringer has been accused of violating the designs and so forth of others, a fact that has soured the attitudes of many towards them.

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