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.


In the Montreal Gazette, Jesse Feith reports:

The Canadian Press reports:

Stéphanie Marin of La Presse Canadienne reports:


In Le Journal de Montréal, Michael Nguyen reports:



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