Friday, June 20, 2003

SHELTON WINS AGAIN It looks like the New York court issued a preliminary injunction, stopping The New TNN from changing its name to Spike TV, because Spike Lee (né Shelton) thought it infringed his use of the name. TVGuide had the best legal analysis:
JEERS to being so vain he thinks the channel is about him. Spike Lee is suing Spike TV, formerly TNN, for using his name without consent. Why he thinks the new channel was named for him and not the vampire from Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Snoopy's brother from "Peanuts" or Spike Jonze or a killer volleyball slam is something only Spike (Lee) knows for sure.
Then there's this Federal Review:
Now, the real drama begins. Will Gordon Sumner sue the WNBA's Charlotte Sting? Will Cherilyn La Pierre sue the French for unauthorized use of her name? Will Liza sue any number of Lizas throughout the country, whose parents named them without consulting the good Judge Tolub? Will Madonna sue the Vatican?
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Spike Lee posted a $500,000 bond to cover Viacom's costs if he loses his claim at trail. Expect Viacom's lawyers to be running the bill, because their client won't be paying.
Marty Schwimmer over that The Trademark Blog is looking for your comments.

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