If George Orwell were alive today

Owen Byrne owen at permafrost.net
Tue Aug 12 16:39:49 PDT 2003

Somebody would probably have trademarked "1984" and "Animal Farm"

>   Fox sues Franken over 'fair and balanced'
> *NEW YORK (AP) --**Fox News Channel has sued liberal humorist Al 
> Franken and the Penguin Group to stop them from using the phrase "fair 
> and balanced" in the title of his upcoming book.*
> Filed Monday in Manhattan, the trademark infringement lawsuit seeks to 
> force a Penguin publisher, Dutton books, to rename the book, "Lies and 
> the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right." 
> It also asks for unspecified damages.
> Fox News registered "Fair & Balanced" as a trademark in 1995, the 
> lawsuit said.
> Franken's "intent is clear -- to exploit Fox News' trademark, confuse 
> the public as to the origins of the book and, accordingly, boost sales 
> of the book," it said.
> Dutton spokeswoman Lisa Johnson accused Fox News' parent company, News 
> Corp., of trying to suppress the book, which is due out next month.
> "The attempt to keep the public from reading Franken's message is 
> un-American," she said.


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