Private Frazer’s Doomed Magazines

June 3, 2011

Times Higher stoops low

Filed under: B2B magazines — privatefraser @ 10:46 pm
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Not a doomed magazine this time, but this little tale is so illustrative of the arrogance, greed, cynicism and stupidity that pollutes so much of publishing that it is worth recounting.

Tim Ireland has operated under the name ‘bloggerheads’ for the past ten years, so he was a little perturbed when the Times Higher started a new column with the same name.

Tim politely pointed out that he had been writing under this title for a decade and that the THE’s use of the name would cause confusion and diminish his brand – which is his main source of income.

The correspondence between Tim and various individuals at TSL can be seen here with some more detail here and here. There is a wonderful range of vices on display – ignorance, bullying, arrogance, buck passing, condescension – that does no favours to anyone at TSL. Take a bow Times Higher, you’re a credit to our industry!

1 Comment »

  1. I think the only legal case the blog might have, were if they could show that TSL were trying to gain financial advantage by readers being misled. I think this is very unlikely, and the blog would not have any rights therefore to exclusive use of this name. Trying to register a trademark after TSL are using the name is unlikely to stop the use.
    At the end of the day TSL aren’t tring to pretned they are the same as the blogger, so I don’t see a problem.

    Comment by John Woods — June 6, 2011 @ 4:10 pm | Reply

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