BPC Bulletin: Le Journal de Mourréal Loses Trademark Dispute

News Reports and Commentary Selected by Franklin Carter of the Book and Periodical Council’s Freedom of Expression Committee

 

In the Superior Court of Quebec, Le Journal de Mourréal — a satirical website — has lost a trademark dispute with Le Journal de Montréal.

Justice Micheline Perrault ordered Le Journal de Mourréal to change its name. She also ordered Jannick Murray-Hall, the satirical website’s creator, to pay $23,500 to Le Journal de Montréal.

Mr. Murray-Hall may appeal.

REPORTAGE

In the Montreal Gazette, Jesse Feith reports:
https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/website-spoofing-journal-de-montreal-ordered-to-pay-23500-for-trademark-infringement

The Canadian Press reports:
https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2019/05/22/judge-orders-satirical-website-journal-de-mourreal-to-change-name-pay-23k.html

Stéphanie Marin of La Presse Canadienne reports:

https://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/justice-et-faits-divers/201905/22/01-5227128-le-journal-de-mourreal-doit-cesser-dutiliser-ce-nom.php

In Le Journal de Montréal, Michael Nguyen reports:

https://www.journaldemontreal.com/2019/05/22/le-journal-de-mourreal-devra-cesser-toute-publication-1

 

The Book and Periodical Council was formed in 1975 as the Book and Periodical Development Council to provide a venue for members to discuss industry issues, address mutual concerns and undertake projects for the benefit of Canadian writing and publishing.

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