U.K. court rules that 'Glee' must change its name

Britain’s high court ruled Friday that Glee can’t keep its name—at least not in the U.K.

The ruling comes after a legal battle between Twentieth Century Fox and and Comic Enterprises, which operates a string of comedy venues called The Glee Club, The Associated Press reports.

Judge Roger Wyland ruled in favor of Comic Enterprises in February, saying that there was a “likelihood of confusion” between the two brands. Fox said that it would appeal, and that a name change would be unnecessary, unfair, and disproportionate, but that conflicts with the ruling of this judge.

“I find it hard to believe that the cost of the re-titling and publicizing of the new name would be so prohibitive compared to the value of the series,” he said. “I was told many times during the course of the trial how this series is a ‘blockbuster.'”

Since it is possible that the Court of Appeal would take a different view on the legal arguments, the judge put a hold on the re-naming until that court has analyzed the case.

Twentieth Century Fox released the following statement: “We are pleased that the trial judge agreed to let the Appeal Court rule before ordering any relief that would adversely affect fans’ enjoyment of Glee in the U.K.  We look forward to the next stage of this case and remain confident in the merits of our argument.”


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