In a lawsuit filed late Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan, Harpo Inc, owned by Winfrey, says it does not seek profit or damages from the creators of “Oprahdemics“, Kellie Carter Jackson and Leah Wright Rigueuror try to stop the podcast.
Instead, he wants a name change, saying the podcast and related live events dilute trademarks.”Oprah” and “O” for Harpo, and wrongly capitalize on the goodwill Winfrey has spent decades building.
harpoWhat is it Oprah spelled backwards, he said that simply being associated with the brand “Oprah” often causes an “exponential” jump in sales, known as “the oprah effect” either “The O factor.
The website “Oprahdemics“describes jackson Already Rigueur as historians and friends breaking down iconic episodes of Winfrey’s talk show and discussing the cultural impact of the “Queen of Speech.”
In a statement, co-producer Jody Aviganwhose company Roulette Productions is also one of the defendants, called “Oprahdemics” “journalistic exploration by history professors and long-time, sincere fans of Oprah Winfrey.”
Said Roulette “She has been engaged with the Harpo team for some time, while she is genuinely shocked by this, we look forward to working it out.”
Winfrey, 68, is also an actress and philanthropist who turned her eponymous Chicago television talk show, which aired nationally from 1986 to 2011, into a media and business empire.. According to Forbes magazine, it is worth $2.5 billion.