Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Guernsey band The Risk win name trademark battle...

Guernsey band The Risk have won the right to trademark their name after a legal battle over intellectual rights.

The band first raised the issue in October after a group with the same name appeared on the television programme The X Factor.

Hasbro, maker of the board game Risk, and a number of other companies, were informed of the decision by the UK Intellectual Property Office.

An application on behalf of the band's X Factor namesakes is ongoing.

Guernsey's The Risk formed in 1984 and have released five albums and toured extensively, although had not previously registered their name.

Band member Colin Leach said: "When you start off a band, you don't really think 'oh, we'd best trademark our name'.

"It just wasn't really something bands really thought about in the day."

He added: "It's a lesson learned really... it's been a bit of a battle but we've got there in the end."

The band have now registered their name as a trademark with the Intellectual Property Office.

It is not the first time that The X Factor has been in the news over band names.

Last year's winners, Little Mix, were originally called Rhythmix until a Brighton-based charity of the same name protested.

The charity, which provides music tuition to children, had argued X Factor's use of the name would cause confusion and wrote an open letter to Simon Cowell asking him to intervene after the mix-up was revealed.

Source: BBC

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