Trademark Dispute Between X Factor And British Charity Over Group Name Ends
Orange County – X Factor Executive Producer Simon Cowell recently withdrew his application to trademark “Rhythmix” after being pressured by a British charity of the same name. The American version of Simon Cowell’s X Factor, currently airing its first U.S. season, features a four piece girl group called Rhythmix. However, after pressures from the British music charity of the same name, Cowell has withdrawn his attempt to trademark “Rhythmix” and the girl group has changed its name to Little Mix.
Spokespeople from Simon Cowell’s entertainment business Syco stated that Syco offered to grant the British charity its trademark rights to the “Rhythmix” trademark. Despite pressuring Syco to withdraw the trademark application, Rhythmix apparently refused Syco’s offer.
Rhythmix’s chief executive, Mark Davyd, claimed that withdrawing the trademark application put an end to Cowell and Syco’s attempts to, “bully the charity into submission.” Davyd also claimed that the offer to grant trademark rights to the charity included a term prohibiting the charity’s officers and employees from discussing the conduct of Syco officials. Davyd has requested that Syco reimburse Rhythmix for legal fees totaling £8,000. However, despite the fact that Syco did not officially withdraw the trademark application, Cowell and X Factor producers changed the Rhythmix group name to Little Mix several weeks ago when the dispute with the charity began.
Rhythmix is a British charity group based in Brighton that describes itself as one of the UK’s leading music charities, offering musical opportunities to children designed to facilitate development of social and personal skills as well as creative expression. X Factor is a singing competition program produced by former American idol judge Simon Cowell. The original UK version of X Factor launched the career of singer-songwriter Leona Lewis, who won the competition in 2006.
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