By Nicholas McElroy
The Hells Angels are fighting to restrict what a T-shirt website can sell after being awarded nominal damages following a years-long legal battle over copyright and trademark infringement.
Lawyers for the Australian arm of the bikie organisation and website Redbubble, which sells “user-submitted artwork” on items like T-shirts and coffee mugs, appeared in the Federal Court in Brisbane on Monday.
The bikie organisation has been locked in a legal battle with the website since 2015 when the Hells Angels took Redbubble to court over a number of t-shirts advertised on the site.
The Hells Angels claimed the designs, some of which included their flying skull logo, breached copyright and infringed on their trademark.
In March, a judge found their copyright case had failed.
However, a trademark infringement claim was made out for a number of T-shirt designs advertised on the site.
The highest selling T-shirt that included the designs sold just two units while one example featuring a design did not sell according to the judgment.
The Hells Angels were awarded $5000 in nominal damages.
On Monday, lawyers for the Hells Angles told the court they were seeking an injunction on the sale of items related to their trademark.