Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, plans to pay tribute to Hollywood by putting up a gigantic Wellywood sign in the hills above the city. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is less-than-thrilled by the idea, and considers it not so much a tribute as a gratuitous theft of goodwill. Well-known for litigiousness, the HCOC has been making rumbling noises about litigation to protect its trademark in the sign.
Perhaps it’s a sign of the times, but this strikes me as less of an intellectual property issue and more a matter of terrible city planning. Why would you want this, and what does it presage? A huge Bollywood sign in New Delhi, perhaps? Oh, wait, there already is one.
I am a commercial litigator and intellectual property lawyer in Orange County. Although my practice encompasses a wide variety of business disputes, I have a particular fondness for, and am prone to wax philosophical on, the subjects of copyright and trademark infringement in music, literature, art, and film.