Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. (FOXA), which may be forced to change the name of its “Glee” television program by a U.K. court ruling, should be allowed to tell viewers that the show was “formerly known as Glee,” a London judge said.
Comic Enterprises, which owns a chain of comedy clubs using the Glee name in the U.K., rejected the suggestion from Judge Roger Wyand at a hearing today. The company won an injunction last week in a trademark case that required Fox to change the name of the program in the country.
“The whole logic of the injunction falls away if they’re allowed to use it in the title,” said Douglas Campbell, a lawyer for Comic Enterprises, at the hearing.
Wyand suggested that the program could be marketed as “McKinley High, Formerly Known as Glee,” to comply with the ruling, which is on hold pending an appeal by Fox.
“My intention here was to make it easier for the defendant to communicate to their fans this is what the program was formerly known as,” Wyand said today.
He said that publicizing the fact the television series “Glee” has changed its name would help Comic Enterprise’s intellectual property rights by reducing any confusion.
Fox said it should “be given freedom to decide on how to exercise this artistically and editorially,” according to court documents prepared for the hearing. The company said that there was “no support” for Comic Enterprise’s assertion that formerly shouldn’t be included in the new title.
The company declined to comment on today’s hearing and referred to its statement after last week’s ruling.
“We are pleased that the trial judge agreed to let the appeal court rule before ordering any relief,’’ Fox said in the statement.
Fans of the show can still be called “Gleeks,” Wyand said.
This whole thing is cracking me up. They should go with The TV Show Formerly Known as Glee and then have a Prince tribute episode in S6.
I am a lawyer. While I don’t practice Intellectual Property Law, I do know a little bit and without having read the decision, I find it BAFFLING that the comedy clubs won this for several reasons:
1. A ‘Glee’ club is a commonly used term for a show choir (which is where the name Glee obviously comes from). To me it seems analogous to saying that a show can’t be called ‘Firemen’ because a dance club also has that name.
2. Glee is now a worldwide cultural phenomenon. Having this incredibly well known show change its name in the UK only is ironically, comedic and nonsensical.
3. The impact on the comedy club is TOTALLY unclear to me. Like who cares? What harm is done to you? And if you don’t like the association - changing the name in the UK is not going to change ANYTHING. Though I imagine the argument is more like - ‘we had the name first and it was copyrighted’ but again - WHO CARES? Little to zero harm and whatever harm won’t be changed by a UK name change.
This is like really idiotic.
Prince tribute for sure.
Well, their main point, relating to 1 here, is that in this country the idea of a singing group being called a “Glee club” pretty much didn’t exist before Glee the TV show introduced it. In a country where the word firemen only really relates to a dance club, a TV show may not be allowed to be called that. Although that it’s called “Glee” not “The Glee Club” I think even further dilutes their point, glee is a word beyond show choir.
A lot of their argument that I’ve seen is about glee.co.uk (which they own) and their twitter handle and stuff being inundated with Glee fans? They don’t really care about worldwide impact, I think, it’s clearly just them having a strop at this point.
Realistically, the whole thing is ridiculous, and it should never have got this far. I have no idea why they managed to win it. It’s been interesting seeing the reaction to this on the UK comedy scene, I follow a lot of comics who regular play Glee club venues and they are totally amused and baffled by this whole thing.
The Prince tribute idea is beautiful.
"tea is just leaf water!" "yeah well coffee is just bean water!" wow, it’s. it’s like everything is made of things. this door is just wood rectangle. this poster is just ink paper. this lemonade is just lemon water. wow, it’s like you can combine ingredients to make things that are more enjoyable than the initial parts of the equation. sure is a magical world we live in
I woke up and was just scrolling through my Twitter and Naya changed her name to Naya Rivera Dorsey and I was like, what does this mean!? I don’t know who [Ryan] is, but I haven’t known her that long. I love Sean, but I’ve never met Ryan. He’s kind of cute though, I Googled him, I always Google someone’s new boo! [On if Naya will be back on Glee this season] They don’t tell me much, just like Naya Rivera’s wedding!
You know, I really don’t care much about getting to SDCC. I was totally all over the idea of it a decade or so ago, not just think it’s be too big and much for me in reality. But I really deeply enjoy all of the tumblr posts about not being there, and how that sucks.
fleur delacour is so important i can’t even put it into words
badass girl whose “most precious” was her sister, who despite what anyone might think of her (cough molly cough ron cough hermione cough) looks past any aesthetic unpleasantries because she is completely and irrevocably in love with bill, who willingly risks her life for harry (the seven harrys, anyone???), who manages to create a spot of brightness in the middle of war (wedding!!!), who is feminine and badass at the same time, who opens her home to an entitled goblin and multiple refugees/runaways, who doesn’t sacrifice one bit of her integrity or character despite the looming threat of war
Now I’m standing in Glee club, paying tribute to Whitney Houston, minding my own business.
In storms my boyfriend, Blaine, in a jealous rage.
YOU’VE BEEN TEXTING THE MUSIC STORE GUY!
He was crazy.
And he kept on screaming,
YOU’VE BEEN TEXTING THE MUSIC STORE GUY!
And then I took him to couple’s counseling.
And then we had make up sex.
We had make up sex ten times.
He had me coming,
He had me coming,
He had me coming all night loooong
Oh shit this post just reminded me that not only is G’s birthday coming up, but I should actually, like, get him something. Thanks for that!
Ha! You’re welcome, I was lucky the Monty Python tickets came up because I almost totally dropped the ball on A’s birthday until they did!