That's what the accused Urinetown copycats are sueing (counter-sueing?) for.
Now the Chicago team, too. More specifically...
The Chicago team's suit asks for declaratory judgments stating it did not violate the Copyright Act or the Lanham Act (which contains federal trademark law). Shechtman [the Broadway team's lawyer, Ronald H. Shechtman] accused both productions of those violations in a Nov. 13 letter that set off the controversy.
Both the Chicago and Akron suits name Urinetown's Broadway director John Rando, choreographer John Carrafa, set designer Scott Pask, lighting designer Brian MacDevitt and costume designer Gregory Gale.
The Chicago suit goes one step further by naming Barbara Hauptman, executive director of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSDC), who has supported the Broadway team. Adler [the Chicago team's lawyer, David M. Adler] says his suit also seeks a retraction of and possible monetary damages for "defamatory statements" made by the Broadway team at a press conference, held at the SSDC offices on Nov. 15, two days after the letter was sent.
So the head of SSDC is being sued? That's news that should get directors everywhere to sit up and notice.
Anyone want to elucidate us on this Lanham Act?