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Glee Banned From TV After Comedy Club Spat?

by | 7th, February 2014


YOU know Glee ? It made Don’t Stop Believin’  a hit again and made the lives of music teachers up and down the country slightly more bearable after The Kids decided they want to sing in class after all (before reverting to type and sulking and smelling of new sweat).

Well, after enormous dominance, the show waned in popularity, replaced by… well… nothing. In Britain, nothing is what we might be getting after a judge (those paragons of virtue and hipness) ruled that it ‘diluted and tarnished’ the reputation of a chain of comedy clubs.

So what’s happening? Well, Comic Enterprises Ltd, who run four stand-up comedy clubs called ‘The Glee Club’ since the 90s have accused the Hollywood behemoths at Twentieth Century Fox of “swamping” its rights and “putting off” customers. Nothing worse than turning up somewhere and expecting a nice singalong and being faced with a comedian crying to himself on a stage.

The judge ruled that the TV show infringed the British company’s trade marks. This means that Comic Enterprises could claim gigantic amounts of money from Twentieth Century Fox or, if they prefer, go for an ‘account of profits’. It’s all money. If they’re feeling particularly peevish, they could get an injunction, banning it from our screens, not that anyone watches it these days.

Judge Roger Wyand QC said Comic Enterprises’ clubs had a ‘distinctive’ character and the studio had shown no ‘objective justification’ for trademark infringements that were likely to create confusion.

He ruled: “I have found that there is a likelihood of confusion and Twentieth Century Fox’s use causes dilution and tarnishing…the damage suffered by Comic Enterprises is caused by its venues being confused with the TV show and its potential customers being put off”.

He added that the studio’s “continued use” of ‘Glee’ “cannot be in accordance with honest practices in industrial and commercial matters”.

Mark Tughan, Comic Enterprises’ owner, said he was channel hopping when; “I thought ‘Jesus Christ there’s a TV show with our name on it’. I warranted it to be serious enough to look into it and get to the bottom of what the hell was going on.”

Tughan added that he thought the show had a “saccharine, bland narrative”, and got worried when he realised

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