UK court orders 'Glee' name change in legal row

UK court orders 'Glee' name change in legal row

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 28: (L-R) Actors/singers Amber Riley, Cory Monteith, Chris Colfer, Kevin McHale, Dianna Agron, Harry Shum Jr., Lea Michele, Jenna Ushkowitz, Mark Salling, Chord Overstreet and Heather Morris perform at Glee Live! at the Staples Center on May 28, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Posted on July 18, 2014 at 8:47 AM

(AP) — Glum news for "Glee" — Britain's High Court says the musical TV show must change its name because it breaches the trademark of a chain of comedy clubs.

A judge has told Twentieth Century Fox that it must re-name the series in Britain, though the order won't take effect until an appeal has been heard.

The studio was sued by Comic Enterprises, which operates a string of venues called The Glee Club.

Judge Roger Wyand ruled in favor of Comic Enterprises in February, saying there was a "likelihood of confusion" between the two brands.

Fox said it would appeal, and argued that a name change would be unnecessary, unfair and disproportionate.

But the judge concluded Friday that the cost would not be "prohibitive compared to the value of the series."

 

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