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Postby jon » Mon Nov 18, 2019 6:13 pm

Corus Entertainment wins ‘power’ battle over broadcasting rival after judge grants injunction on use of radio station name
By Phil Heidenreich
Global News
Posted November 18, 2019 5:42 pm
Updated November 18, 2019 5:51 pm

A temporary injunction being sought by Corus Entertainment — Global News’ parent company — has been granted, which will see an Edmonton radio station no longer be able to use the word “POWER” in its branding and advertising strategies.

The injunction was granted after a Calgary judge ruled Monday that she was “satisfied that the balance of convenience favours granting an interlocutory injunction.”

Corus has been embroiled in a legal battle with Harvard Broadcasting over the POWER 107 name used by Harvard’s FM pop music radio station in Alberta’s capital.

Corus sued the broadcaster in September, claiming Harvard was seeking to capitalize on the POWER 92 moniker, the former name of its FM radio station now known as 92.5 The Chuck.

“I have considered and weighed the fact that Harvard employees involved in the decision to rebrand the 107.1 station to POWER 107 anticipated that listeners from the 1990s and 2000s would remember POWER 92,” Justice Nancy Dilts wrote in her ruling.

“They designed the POWER 107 logo fully aware of the appearance of the POWER 92 logo — and they investigated the trademark registry and weighed the risks associated with using the POWER name and the POWER 107 logo.”

In the lawsuit it filed in September, Corus also applied for Harvard to cease the use of the POWER 107 name and logo. Corus had argued when Harvard changed its HOT 107 station to POWER 107 in August, it was wrongfully using the reputation of the POWER brand it had built with POWER 92 in Edmonton and with other stations across Canada.

The judge accepted evidence that an on-air announcer for Harvard told listeners “POWER is something that is legendary in Edmonton… I grew up listening to a station that had POWER in the title and our logo kind of reminds me of it” and also used social media messaging that appeared to liken POWER 107 to POWER 92.

“In my view, this evidence is sufficient to establish that POWER 92 was popular, was recognized, was enjoyed by its listeners and is remembered for its logo, its slogan, its contest, its on-air personalities and its music,” Dilts wrote in her ruling.

The judge also noted that prior to the launch of Harvard’s POWER 107, Corus had used references to POWER 92 in its promotions, showing the name has “enduring value.”

Corus argued Harvard’s use of the name put its ability to use the POWER brand in the future at risk and also claimed the branding used by Harvard violated copyright and trademark laws. Corus also argued the decision by Harvard to use the POWER brand would hurt ratings at The Chuck, a claim the judge indicated she did not believe Corus had sufficiently proven.

In response, Harvard argued it did not believe Corus was entitled to the injunction on the use of the POWER brand because it had not sufficiently proved its copyright and trademark rights.

Harvard also argued Corus had not proven that it still has “goodwill” based on the POWER 92 brand or that listeners will be confused about who POWER 107 is.

Corus had previously acquired trademarks in the words “POWER 92” and “POWER 107” but both were expunged when they were not renewed in 2015.

As a result of Monday’s ruling, Harvard will need to rebrand POWER 107 by changing its logo, signage, promotions, marketing and on-air messaging. Harvard will also not be allowed to use the POWER 97 “word mark.”

“POWER 92 holds a special place in the hearts of Edmontonians,” read a statement issued by Corus Radio late Monday afternoon. “We are very pleased with the judge’s order for Harvard to stop trading on our brand and history, and to stop using the POWER name and logo.”

Dilts ruled that Corus and Harvard can provide “written submissions on costs by Jan. 10, 2020 if they cannot otherwise agree” on financial details to settle the lawsuit.

Global News reached out to Harvard for comment on Monday’s ruling. An executive said the broadcasting company would not immediately offer a statement because it was still reviewing the decision.

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Re: No Power Left in Edmonton Radio

Postby radiofan » Wed Nov 20, 2019 10:12 am

CKPW [P*WER 107] Looking for a new name ...


Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who couldn't hear the music.
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Re: No Power Left in Edmonton Radio

Postby paterson » Wed Nov 20, 2019 2:37 pm

Surprised that Corus won this, but Harvard Broadcasting and Power 107 will have the last laugh when the ratings come out in a few weeks. "The Chuck" is bombing and Corus is showing their desperation.

Nice touch involving the listeners to help find a new name. Hopefully all of the publicity and news coverage will help the station even more. Good luck Harvard!
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Re: No Power Left in Edmonton Radio

Postby freqfreak2 » Wed Nov 20, 2019 3:26 pm

paterson wrote:Surprised that Corus won this ... Corus is showing their desperation.

Another sign that Corus looks backwards instead of forwards.

I suspect if the Harvard lawyers had cited the dozens of uses of "Power" with identical logos used by stations across North America the case might have gone differently.

But as we all know, there's always a story behind a story ... and given the influential reach of the Shaw family in Calgary --- well, if only oak and mahogany-panelled walls and glasses full of finely-aged brandy could talk.

Let's not forget that the folks behind Corus once appropriated a radio station's entire on air staff.

This was back in 1993 when CHED scooped up all the talent heard on CJCA just as that station was entering its death spiral.

If the Harvard people had the balls, they would re-launch as "Tiger Radio - Channel 107," echoing the 1960s branding of the station CHED once looted.

Heck, they could even erect a neon sign depicting a microphone-clutching tiger wearing sunglasses along with a wagging tail.

That would be the best "Up" yours Harvard could fire back with ... but the "Up" branding belongs to the Pattison Group.

What radio truly needs is more lawyers. NOT!
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