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"Fair and Unbiased"

So, Top Gear's man of mystery, the Stig, has unmasked himself in order to sell his book. The BBC is objecting to the publication of the book on the grounds that it breaches contractual and confidentiality agreements.

HarperCollins, the would-be publishers of the book, have issued a press release in which they say that they "are disappointed that the BBC has chosen to spend licence fee payers' money to suppress this book".

Remind me again who owns HarperCollins, and why they might want to make political capital at the BBC's expense in the run-up to the renegotiation of the BBC charter, and possible abolition of the license fee.

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Maybe they have to do it merely to stop other people using their brands :-(

It's a trademark - it needs to be defended.

It's registered, and that's largely a myth anyway:

Given that the BBC is still showing Top Gear, and they sell random Stig brandged crap in supermarkets there's real no risk of them losing the trade mark.

They might quite reasonably want to stop Harper Collins from profiting from Stig-braded crap though, that's BBC Worldwide's function.

and actually, trademark lawyers of my acquaintance tell me trademarks don't need the kind of vigorous but stupid defence they get due to that belief ;-)

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