Arnab Wins Round 1 of ‘Nation Wants to Know’ Fight With Times Now
When Times Now tried to stake a legal claim to the phrase, a judge said that perhaps they are going a bit overboard
Times Now on Wednesday moved Delhi High Court against the use of the phrase, "Nation Wants to Know", by former employee Arnab Goswami.
The phrase was made popular by Goswami when he was the Editor-in-Chief at Times Now. However, on starting his own television news channel Republic TV, the news anchor continues to use the phrase. The channel now has a show named after the popular phrase, where Goswami interviews politicians.
Appearing for Bennett Coleman, the umbrella company that owns Times Now, Senior Advocate Rajiv Nayyar said that Arnab's new show titled "Nation Wants to Know" was a case of passing off.
Passing off is a legal term used as false representation to make believe that the goods or services are those of another.
The Court observed that pasing off can be proved only if the accused is trying to show some connected, reported Bar and Bench.
Justice Manmohan, on hearing the case, observed,
Everyone knows that Times Now and Republic are fighting. How can there be passing off in such a situation? I think this is going a bit overboard. Will harm the industry as well as public.
Sandeep Sethi, appearing for Republic alleged that Bennett Coleman did not have claim to phrases like NWTK and Newshour.
According to Bar and Bench, the Court also observed that that the viewers of both Republic and Times Now are capable enough to understand that the two channels were different.
The Court has issued notice to Republic and has asked them to file a reply within four weeks.
Subscribe To Our Daily Newsletter And Get News Delivered Straight To Your Inbox.