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Oprah-loving podcasters cannot use talk show host’s name: lawsuit


There might be just one Oprah.

The legendary talk show host’s company, Harpo Inc., is suing the newbie podcasters behind “Oprahdemics,” a celebration of all thing O.

The podcast leads listeners to consider it has Winfrey’s blessing, the trademark infringement case in Manhattan Federal Court charges.

Kellie Carter Jackson and Leah Wright Rigueur are using the Oprahdemics name without permission, slapping it not only on their podcast but on live events as well, Harpo Inc. alleged within the legal papers.

The Oprah name packs a punch, based on the lawsuit.

The “Oprahdemics” podcast launched its first episode this 12 months.oprahdemics

“Over the past thirty-five plus years, the Oprah brand has change into well-known and famous,” Harpo contends in court papers. “Simply being related to the Oprah brand has, in lots of cases, led to an exponential increase in a product’s or service’s sales. This has been colloquially known as the ‘The Oprah Effect’ or ‘The O Factor.’”

The primary season of the Oprahdemics podcast series culminated in a live show
on the Tribeca Film Festival June 15. Following the event, Jackson and Rigueur hosted one other even on Instagram Continue to exist July 12, based on the grievance.

“Look under your seat… it’s a recent podcast! Two historians (and friends) break down Oprah’s most iconic episodes, and what the Queen of Talk has meant for our culture,” the Oprahdemics website, which features Oprah’s signature “O” logo,” gushes about co-hosts Jackson and Rigueur.

The lawsuit alleged that the The lawsuit alleged that the “Oprah” name packs a serious punch.Getty Images

Harpo, which is Oprah spelled backwards, isn’t looking for damages. The corporate wants the podcast to alter its name in order to not “dilute” the brand, based on court papers.

Attorneys for Harpo, Inc. didn’t return messages.

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