A British business owner has won a court battle against 21st Century Fox Corporation after the courts agreed that the TV show 'Glee" was guilty of trademark infringement. The owner of a number of British music and comedy venues trademarked the Glee Club name in 1999 and the internationally broadcast TV series, 'Glee," began airing in 2009. The outcome of the litigation may lead to the removal of all series merchandise and DVDs from the UK's high streets as well as the cancellation of all UK broadcasts and downloads.
The businessman fought for three years against Fox, facing threats of personal asset loss by the corporation, before a High Court judge ruled that the corporation had infringed upon the venues' trademark. The leading solicitor for the man said that Fox had refused to recognise that its use of the name 'Glee" may have caused harm to the pre-existing brand and business. The judge said that the TV show could not continue to use the name in accordance with honest practices and noted that some potential customers will have been dissuaded from using a venue due to supposed personal associations with the name of the show.