Bohemia Jazz Festival Wins Copyright Infringement Case
Posted 4/26/2012

Rudy Linka’s Bohemia Jazz Festival has scored a victory in the Czech Supreme Court against another jazz festival that was infringing on its name, which is internationally copyrighted.

“I am very happy for myself and for the festival, and I’m thrilled that the legal system works in the Czech Republic,” said Linka, a Prague-born, New York-based jazz guitarist who founded the Bohemia Jazz Festival in 2005. “If you have a copyrighted name, it should be totally clear that nobody can use that name. But things aren’t always that clear. It took about seven months for the court to reach its decision, and now I’m so pleased to have the feeling that justice prevails—you just have to trust it. Anyone can do a festival, of course, but it can’t be that people think it’s OK to freeload on other people’s hard work.”

This year’s Bohemia Jazz Festival takes place July 10–22 in nine cities and towns across the Czech Republic: Prague (three days), Plzen, Domažlice, Olomouc, Ostrava, Brno, Tábor, České Budějovice and Prachatice. Confirmed headliners at this time include Dave Holland with Kevin Eubanks and Craig Taborn; Dee Dee Bridgewater Quartet; Mike Stern/Richard Bona Quartet featuring Dave Weckl; Trilok Gurtu; and ensembles from Spain, Germany, Turkey, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Poland, Australia and Czech Republic. All concerts are free to the public.

“This will be our biggest festival yet,” said Linka, who has expanded the festival program each year to include more locations in the Czech Republic and attract larger audiences. “This year, we are in two more cities. We’ll run for a total of 12 days, and we expect to draw over 100,000 people.”

Linka, an internationally known performing and recording artist, recently completed a new album with bassist Larry Grenadier, drummer Kenny Wolleson and pianist Jonathan Batiste. It will be released this fall to coincide with the group’s upcoming U.S. and European tours.

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