PayPal files lawsuit against Pandora for mimicking its 'iconic logo'

Image screengrab  paypal vs pandora

Image screengrab paypal vs pandora

LOGOWATCH LEGAL PayPal has filed a lawsuit against streaming music service Pandora, alleging that the latter's stylised single "P" logo is so similar to the payment company's "PP" logo that it's created to get punters confusing the two.

The suit, filed in Manhattan federal court last week, argues that people will accidentally visit Pandora's radio app instead of PayPal due to the "unlawfully similar" logos. By comparison, PayPal's logo, active since 2014, also features a minimalist-looking "P" in a sans serif font and sporting a blue color palette.

Even upon its release, some criticized Pandora for using a logo so similar to PayPal's.

In October 2016, Pandora announced it was redesigning its logo from a thin, serifed "P" into the chunky, sans serifed "P" that it is today. The only differences between the two logos are the shadowed effect that PayPal uses along with a slight italicization. "It looks fresher, and I like the logo", said one man commenting directly on the Pandora company website.

"PayPal brings this action to remedy the harm Pandora is causing to the PayPal user experience and the PayPal brand".

PayPal is asking for a jury trial and for the court to stop Pandora using the logo again in future - in addition to damages and legal fees. Others were more critical. Thus, the PayPal suit which just piles on Pandora's plethora of problems.

PayPal has time on its side in this lawsuit. Asked one woman last April. According to the lawsuit, "When customers began to complain about the Pandora Logo, PayPal immediately raised their concerns with Pandora in a private and businesslike manner", via letters and attempts at conversation. That lawsuit was filed on Friday, May 19 in the US District Court for the Southern District of NY.

Pandora has not yet made a public statement regarding the lawsuit.

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