Glee Could Be Banned From TV in the UK — Show Loses Court Battle
We think it's rough that we've been without new Glee episodes in the U.S. since December. But things are even worse in the UK, where Glee might be banned from airing on TV again for good. Bloody hell!
The potential ban doesn't actually have anything to do with specific content on the show but is related to the show's name. On February 7, a judge ruled that Fox infringed on the trademark of a businessman who owns several comedy and music clubs called The Glee Club, according to ITV.
The name The Glee Club was registered as a trademark in the UK in 1999, and the clubs' owner claims that his business has been hurt because potential customers now avoid the clubs, assuming that they're affiliated with the Fox show.
"I have found that there is a likelihood of confusion," the judge says. "Continued use cannot be in accordance with honest practices." Fox's lawyers may appeal the ruling, as they claim to not have previously known about the venues. The court will later decide whether reruns will be allowed to air and whether CD and DVD sales will be permitted. It's possible that the show will be rebranded in the UK.
"We intend to appeal and are confident that, as the case plays out, we will ultimately prevail," says a Fox spokesperson. "We remain committed to delivering Glee to all of its fans in the UK."
Do you think the judge was right to rule in favor of the venue owner?