'Glee' TV show could be banned from UK screens

The TV show 'Glee' could be banned from UK screens after a Midlands businessman won a High Court trademark battle over the use of the name.

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20th Century Fox on Glee row: 'We will prevail'

Twentieth Century Fox have pledged to deliver Glee to fans in UK, after the smash hit TV show has come under threat of being banned in the country, following a dispute with the owner of a chain of comedy clubs with the same name as the show.

A Twentieth Century Fox spokeswoman said later:

We intend to appeal and are confident that, as the case plays out, we will ultimately prevail. We remain committed to delivering Glee to all of its fans in the UK.

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Glee Club's reputation 'swamped' by FOX TV show

The barrister for Mark Tughan, owner of 'The Glee Club' in Nottingham and Birmingham, has said Twentieth Century Fox 'swamped' Comic Enterprises' reputation.

Douglas Campbell, representing Mr Tughan said:

The acts of Twentieth Century Fox have swamped the reputation of Comic Enterprises' mark and thereby diluted its ability to denote its services.

Judge Wyand said the evidence of 'confusion' put forward by Mr Tughan was clear and upheld the company's infringement claim.

Twentieth Century Fox could now appeal against the decision.

Glee Club owner says TV show 'confused' customers

Mark Tughan, owner of Comic Enterprise Ltd says the US TV show Glee had a 'saccharine, bland narrative' and grew worried when the show became a worldwide success.

Mark Tughan, owner of Comic Enterprise Ltd Credit: ITV News Central

Mr Tughan claims the branding of the show's millions of worldwide viewers as 'Gleeks' has confused his customers, who assumed there was a connection between his comedy clubs and the company.

He faced up to £1million in legal costs if he had lost his High Court battle, but the Judge found him to be an 'honest witness' and agreed with Mr Tughan that the show caused major problems for his business.

Court hears how customers 'put off' Midlands Glee Clubs

The smash hit TV show, Glee, could be banned from UK television screens after a judge ruled it 'diluted and tarnished' the reputation of a chain of comedy clubs which has venues in the Midlands.

Comic Enterprises Ltd has Glee Club's in Nottingham and Birmingham, where it claims business has suffered and customers have been put off by the TV show.

The entrance to The Glee Club in Nottingham Credit: ITV News Central

Comic Enterprises can now claim damages from Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation or an 'account of profits' that it has made from televising Glee.

The Glee Club in Nottingham has struggled since the US TV show was first aired Credit: ITV News Central

The company could also seek an injunction, effectively expelling Glee from UK screens.

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