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#1: WWe Issues Legal Letter Over ECW Name And Trademarks

Posted on 2005-03-14 22:18:03 by The Love Child Of Amy Dumas And Adam Copeland

WWE ISSUES LEGAL LETTER OVER ECW NAME AND TRADEMARKS
by Mike Johnson @ 3:15:00 PM on 3/14/2005


World Wrestling Entertainment issued a legal letter this past Friday to New
York area wrestling fan Anthony DeBlasi, who operates a website and hotline
under the moniker "Wrestling-News." WWE contacted DeBlasi after he began
promoting Shane Douglas' 6/10 Hardcore Homecoming event as an "ECW Reunion"
show.

The letter also cited intentions by DeBlasi, who runs an insurance company
in Queens, New York, to promote a bus trip to the event using the ECW name,
requesting he immediately stop using the initials and name while promoting
anything.

According to the letter, which DeBlasi scanned and placed on his website,
WWE's stance is that using the letters ECW in conjunction with "Hardcore
Homecoming" is an infringement on their trademark (since they purchased and
own Extreme Championship Wrestling and the initials ECW). They requested
that DeBlasi remove all references to the name, inform WWE of any ticket
sales made using the ECW name (which at this point, there haven't been any
since the show isn't even on sale yet) and provide referral information on
anyone involved with the "ECW Reunion" show.

The letter also demanded DeBlasi drop the use of the word "Extreme" in
promoting his bus trip, although according to copyright records WWE doesn't
hold a right to that phrase unless it is used in conjunction with the
complete Extreme Championship Wrestling name. WWE insinuated in the letter
that the company could file a civil action for damages against DiBlase as
well.

DeBlasi appeared on UXW promoter Frank Goodman's hotline over the weekend in
New York City, ripping on WWE for coming after him and stating he intended
to have his attorney file a trademark on "Eastern Championship Wrestling"
today in order to continue to use the ECW initials. He scoffed that they
wanted him to "turn rat" on those promoting the Hardcore Homecoming event.
Goodman conceded that WWE owned the rights to ECW and Extreme Championship
Wrestling, having paid for them in court, and that the company had the
rights to pursue anyone using them,

WWE had previously sent DeBlasi legal papers demanding he remove video
footage off his website. As of this writing, his website currently hosts
footage from Germany of the John Bradshaw Layfield incident that eventually
cost Bradshaw his gig with MSNBC from June 2004. DeBlasi has claimed on his
New York City based hotline that he didn't take the clip down due to WWE not
being legally able to force him to do so as it was taped in Germany on a
fan's camcorder.

While WWE sources have told me they have no issue with talent they intend to
use on the ECW One Night Stand PPV working "Hardcore Homecoming," at the
same time, they do not want the ECW name utilized while promoting that event
due to confusion in the marketplace and the fact that they solely own the
trademark and rights to ECW. What does remain up in the air is the usage of
the word "Extreme" in regard to the situation.

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#2: Re: WWe Issues Legal Letter Over ECW Name And Trademarks

Posted on 2005-03-14 23:21:31 by ViNNY

The Love Child Of Amy Dumas And Adam Copeland wrote:
> WWE ISSUES LEGAL LETTER OVER ECW NAME AND TRADEMARKS
> by Mike Johnson @ 3:15:00 PM on 3/14/2005
>
>
> World Wrestling Entertainment issued a legal letter this past Friday to New
> York area wrestling fan Anthony DeBlasi, who operates a website and hotline
> under the moniker "Wrestling-News." WWE contacted DeBlasi after he began
> promoting Shane Douglas' 6/10 Hardcore Homecoming event as an "ECW Reunion"
> show.
>
> The letter also cited intentions by DeBlasi, who runs an insurance company
> in Queens, New York, to promote a bus trip to the event using the ECW name,
> requesting he immediately stop using the initials and name while promoting
> anything.
>
> According to the letter, which DeBlasi scanned and placed on his website,
> WWE's stance is that using the letters ECW in conjunction with "Hardcore
> Homecoming" is an infringement on their trademark (since they purchased and
> own Extreme Championship Wrestling and the initials ECW). They requested
> that DeBlasi remove all references to the name, inform WWE of any ticket
> sales made using the ECW name (which at this point, there haven't been any
> since the show isn't even on sale yet) and provide referral information on
> anyone involved with the "ECW Reunion" show.
>
> The letter also demanded DeBlasi drop the use of the word "Extreme" in
> promoting his bus trip, although according to copyright records WWE doesn't
> hold a right to that phrase unless it is used in conjunction with the
> complete Extreme Championship Wrestling name. WWE insinuated in the letter
> that the company could file a civil action for damages against DiBlase as
> well.
>
> DeBlasi appeared on UXW promoter Frank Goodman's hotline over the weekend in
> New York City, ripping on WWE for coming after him and stating he intended
> to have his attorney file a trademark on "Eastern Championship Wrestling"
> today in order to continue to use the ECW initials. He scoffed that they
> wanted him to "turn rat" on those promoting the Hardcore Homecoming event.
> Goodman conceded that WWE owned the rights to ECW and Extreme Championship
> Wrestling, having paid for them in court, and that the company had the
> rights to pursue anyone using them,
>
> WWE had previously sent DeBlasi legal papers demanding he remove video
> footage off his website. As of this writing, his website currently hosts
> footage from Germany of the John Bradshaw Layfield incident that eventually
> cost Bradshaw his gig with MSNBC from June 2004. DeBlasi has claimed on his
> New York City based hotline that he didn't take the clip down due to WWE not
> being legally able to force him to do so as it was taped in Germany on a
> fan's camcorder.
>
> While WWE sources have told me they have no issue with talent they intend to
> use on the ECW One Night Stand PPV working "Hardcore Homecoming," at the
> same time, they do not want the ECW name utilized while promoting that event
> due to confusion in the marketplace and the fact that they solely own the
> trademark and rights to ECW. What does remain up in the air is the usage of
> the word "Extreme" in regard to the situation.

As usual, WWE: right, newsboard mark: wrong.

Take note, Mottola.

-Vin

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