NEW TIMES FIGHTS FOR WORDS

By: Staff Reports

‘Best Of Phoenix’ Phrase Can’t Be Used By Ticketmaster Online




A federal judge recently issued a preliminary injunction to stop
Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch from using the phrase “Best of
Phoenix,” a New Times Inc. trademark, AAN News reports.



The case is still pending, but AAN News reports that New Times is
likely to prevail since the company had to present a convincing
case to get the preliminary injunction.


The alternative newsweekly chain, based in Phoenix, filed a
complaint in February against the online city guide network for
its use of “Best of Phoenix.” New Times said in the complaint
that its flagship Phoenix paper had used the phrase since 1979
and registered it as a trademark in 1997.


Ticketmaster Online uses the “Best of” phrase on 34 different
city guide sites. In 18 of those cities, alternative newspapers
also use the exact same phrase. Other AAN members that have
disputed Ticketmaster’s use include Gambit Weekly in New
Orleans and the Austin (Texas) Chronicle.






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