Hello Steve,

You make some excellent points. Thanks a lot to yourself and others
who responded. My reaction to the situation was of course partly "Woe
is me, the injustice of it all" but what you've said helps level out
my thinking.

Thanks again

--- In videoblogging@yahoogroups.com, "Steve Watkins" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> The show format doesnt seem similar enough to do anything legal with
> that side of things, and TV borrows from itself so much that I doubt
> things are setup to be too restrictive on the TV plagarism front
> In terms of names, there are various trademark databases on the net
> you can use to check for similar names alrady registered.
> heres the one for Canada:
> http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/cipo/trademarks/search/tmSearch.do
> I did a TM Lookup search for Crash, got 4 pages of results, nothing
> similar to either your show or theirs.
> Im no lawyer but I dont think this would make for any sort of
> interesting test case, just a financial nightmare.
> I can see why you are annoyed, but I am actually glad things are not
> that restrictive, the vlogosphere would be in potential trouble if
> show format ideas or different but similar names were that easy to
> protect. Having said that, if I did a show-format video online and
> wanted to protect the nam, Id definately get trademark protection in
> my own country and internationally.
> Steve of Elbows
> --- In videoblogging@yahoogroups.com, "wazman_au" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> >
> > I've just noticed that a TV show has cropped up with a very similar 
> > name to our video blog.
> > 
> > Our vlog is Crash Test Kitchen. We launched it in Canada early this 
> > year.
> > 
> > The TV show is Crash My Kitchen and it has just started running on 
> > cable in Canada.
> > 
> > Both are about food and cooking by ordinary people.
> > 
> > I'm annoyed, mostly because of potential confusion on the part of 
> > viewers. And because Food Network is so much bigger than us, it will 
> > inevitably appear that WE are copying THEIR name, when in fact we 
> > were out there first!
> > 
> > Does anyone in the know about copyright think we have a case here 
> > for a "cease and desist" letter? Could the Canadian broadcast 
> > authorities help us out?
> > 
> > It could make an interesting test case.
> > 
> > Waz
> > www.crashtestkitchen.com
> >

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