Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Greenwich Watch makes the Mercury

You can't beat a bit of free publicity, and we've got that this week in the Mercury. They've reported on the issue of our logo and the Council's legal department (click image for larger version). Amusingly the Council spokeswoman said that "legal action was not threatened" and is then reported as saying if we don't agree to their request they will take legal action.

So let's just clarify, they're not threatening us with legal action but if we don't do what they say they'll take legal action? We're not quite sure what they can actually take legal action against us for though. We're not using their image, we're using an image that was inspired by them but is not theirs. At least they've moved away from the idiocy of claiming owenrship of "green".

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Anonymous John said...

Whilst I’m no expert in these matters I do believe that if a play or movie is a “Parody” then it is not subject to copyright issues as it is “fair comment”, so for example “Scream” and “Scary Movie”. Surly the same legal point covers this website even if its servers were based in the UK?

You’re just making a parody out of Greenwich Council, something which doesn’t require that much work to be honest.

9:09 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course they're not "threatening" legal action for breach of trade mark - that would give you the chance to sue them under section 21 TMA for "threats"! Check out this link - paragraph about halfway down discusses it briefly.

http://www.jenkins-ip.com/mym/autumn2000/veiled.htm

No sane trade mark proprietor threatens legal action for breach.

10:02 am  
Blogger Indigo said...

And you blog is publicising the newsworthiness of eboth The Mercury and The News Shopper, in consecutive posts - I do call that even-handed! Perhaps The Guide or the Meridian Line magazines will think about how to feature Greenwich Watch and get a mention, too.

12:00 pm  
Anonymous andrew said...

Note also how they've got your current logo with the caption "the logo which must be changed". Oops

3:18 pm  

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