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Winfrey’s Harpo Sues to Stop ‘Oprahdemics’ Podcast Name Use (1)

Aug. 10, 2022, 8:02 PMUpdated: Aug. 10, 2022, 8:45 PM

Oprah Winfrey is seeking to protect the trademark rights of her famous brand and iconic “O” logo by shutting down an academic podcast incorporating her name in its nomenclature.

Harpo Inc., founded by Winfrey, sued two professors, Kellie Carter Jackson of Wellesley College and Leah Wright Rigueur of Johns Hopkins University, over the use of Winfrey’s first name in the title of their podcast Oprahdemics.

The trademark infringement suit was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Tuesday, alleging that the professors and the podcast’s production company sought to profit off of the ...