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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:
Twentieth Century Fox Television are to appeal today's high Court ruling that they were wrong not to consult Comic Enterprises Ltd before airing the TV show 'Glee'.
A spokesman for the company said:
Mark Tughan, owner of Comic Enterprises, which has had four 'Glee' clubs under a trademark that pre-dates Twentieth Century Fox's popular musical show, has said the firm were wrong not to speak to him about their show of the same name before it was released.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 company could also seek an injunction, effectively expelling Glee from UK screens.
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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.