Sunday 24 September 2017

RTE’s Damo & Ivor star Andy Quirke being sued for alleged copyright infringement

Aodhan O'Faolain & Ray Managh

DAMO and Ivor, RTE 2’s new comedy show set to air next Monday night, faces its first major challenge tomorrow - and it isn’t funny.

A singer songwriter is suing the national broadcaster and comedian Andy Quirke for alleged copyright infringement over their use of the name ‘Damo’ in the forthcoming TV show. 

 

The action was brought in the High Court today by Damien O'Regan who claims he registered the name ‘Damo’ with the Irish Patents Office several years ago in relation to entertainment services, music and lyrics he provides.

 

Mr O’Regan told the court that the use of the name Damo is a clear breach of his trademark and said he had not given his consent for its use by Mr Quirke.

 

The characters, which are both portrayed by funnyman Quirke,  are male parodies of Northside and Southside Dublin stereotypes in which he takes on the twin personas of ‘skanger’ Damo and posh Ivor.

 

Damo and Ivor feature in the first episode of the new comedy series commissioned by RTE and scheduled to be aired for the first time next Monday night, September 16 on RTE 2.

 

Mr O’Regan, of Sion Hill, Blackrock, Co Dublin, in the High Court proceedings against both RTE and Quirke, claims his registered trademark has been infringed.

 

He alleges that the infringement will damage the goodwill he has spent many years trying to build up.

 

Mr Justice Brian McGovern granted lawyers for Mr O'Regan  short service to ask the court on Friday for an injunction restraining both  Quirke and RTE from infringing his trademark.

 

The application was made on an ex parte basis, where only one side was represented in court.

 

When the matter returns before the court on Friday, Mr O'Regan’s legal team will ask that the injunction be put in place until the dispute is resolved.

 

The characters of Damo and Ivor  first appeared on the RTE programme 'The Republic of Telly' in 2011. The characters have made live performances, have a noted internet presence, and have also released a music album.

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