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UK court orders 'Glee' name change in legal row
Unhappy news for 'Glee': Judge orders name change after trademark dispute with UK comedy club
Associated Press
2014-07-18 11:01 PM

LONDON (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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