Warnings & Advisories

Event Guide, Expo-Guide and Fair Guide Alert  

The only directories and guides affiliated with NAMM trade shows are those published by NAMM, including the official show directories. However, companies not affiliated with NAMM have been known to send directory/guide solicitations and have tricked exhibitors into being listed in an online directory in which they had no interest in being listed and for which they did not understand they would be charged. Recently, exhibitors have received these solicitations from a company calling itself the Event Guide, and in the past, exhibitors were contacted by the Expo-Guide and Fair Guide from Commercial Online Manuals, its publisher, which uses the name of The NAMM Show, Summer NAMM, NAMM Musikmesse Russia and Prolight + Sound NAMM Russia. While we are pleased to report that the Federal Trade Commission has stopped the Construct Data/Fair Guide Scam, it is important to review the following information and be aware of operations like this that continue to contact exhibitors.

If you receive this kind of messaging, do not be fooled. NAMM does NOT support these companies—they are NOT affiliated with NAMM and are NOT NAMM's approved service providers. Please note: These are examples of companies that have contacted NAMM members in the past, but company names and locations change, so continue to watch for unauthorized service providers and let NAMM know if you have received unwanted solicitations from companies like these.

If you have any doubts about a directory/guide solicitation using the NAMM name (for example, if the solicitation requires payment made to an address in a foreign country), please contact NAMM Trade Show Sales as soon as possible at 800.767.6266 (760.438.8001).

If you have complaints with these companies and want to register your complaint, visit this site for information and resources: http://www.iaee.com/resources/warnings_to_exhibitors.

Hotel Advisory

NAMM's official hotel partner is EventSphere, and by registering for NAMM Shows you agree to receive email communications featuring the best hotel rates. Should you receive calls from any other hotel company, please know that they are not associated with our trade shows, and reservations made through those vendors cannot be guaranteed. If you are approached by an individual or company suggesting you place a hotel reservation with them, please notify us.

Unauthorized Business Service Provider Warning  

NAMM's endorsed business service providers are all listed on our Member Business Services page. Should you receive communications from an unauthorized service provider, please note that NAMM cannot guarantee their products and services, and contact NAMM immediately.

Intellectual Property Policy Statement

As a global leader in the music products industry, NAMM supports the protection of intellectual property rights. These rights are an important foundation of our industry, providing creators and innovators with necessary benefits of their creativity. These rights come in various legal forms, such as copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets and other inherent authorship rights recognized in many countries. NAMM urges its members to develop protection and enforcement programs for their creative endeavors in consultation with an attorney experienced in the field of intellectual property rights.

NAMM's POSITION: NAMM condemns counterfeiting and infringement; however, as a neutral trade group, NAMM cannot get involved in member/exhibitor disputes or provide legal advice.
 NAMM is committed to the principle that intellectual property rights are to be respected, and that the use of intellectual property rights without the consent of the owner or otherwise pursuant to law violates rights of authors, inventors, and corporations. Copyrights, trademarks, patents, and other forms of intellectual property are protected by state and federal laws in the United States and by the laws of other countries. At NAMM, we believe that inventors, manufacturers, publishers, and other creators and owners of intellectual property are entitled to protect their rights in accordance with the law.

What Should You Do? 

It is the responsibility of the creators or owners of intellectual property rights to take the necessary actions to ensure protection of their rights consistent with their business goals. NAMM encourages intellectual property owners to develop a protection program, which might involve filing applications with requisite governmental bodies in the U.S. and/or other countries. In some instances (for example, situations involving counterfeiting or infringement), the filing of such applications can be a prerequisite to enforcing intellectual property rights. For example, to protect a brand, registering a trademark can be helpful, or in some countries necessary. As another example, procuring a patent on an invention is necessary in order to combat copying of the invention. NAMM does not provide intellectual property protection or planning services, nor do we mediate disputes among our members as a neutral trade group, but we can provide our members with resources that may assist in protecting IP rights.

NAMM will not be able to initiate legal actions on behalf of our members (or other industry participants) or to enforce their rights against infringers. We will not be able to judge claims of ownership or infringement that arise at the trade show. Of course, NAMM will respect lawful court orders and injunctions, as well as instructions from law enforcement officers. We urge members to consult with legal counsel qualified to advise on these subjects.

If you have further questions regarding NAMM's Intellectual Property Rights policies, please contact us at info@namm.org.