Thursday 14 December 2017

RTE comedy to go ahead after legal row resolved

Aodhan O Faolain and Ray Managh

THE new series of RTE 2 comedy show 'Damo and Ivor' will air as planned after a musician's legal action over the use of the name 'Damo' was resolved.

Singer-songwriter Damien O'Regan had alleged he owned the trademark on the name 'Damo' and sued for alleged trademark infringement. The claim was denied.

Yesterday, Mr Justice Brian McGovern was told that the musician's action against RTE and comedian Andy Quirke had been resolved.

It means that the comedy series featuring Mr Quirke will air as planned on Monday night.

The terms of the agreement include Mr O'Regan, of Sion Hill, Blackrock, Co Dublin, withdrawing his High Court action without incurring either RTE's or Mr Quirke's legal costs.

Mr O'Regan claimed he had registered the name 'Damo' with the Irish Patents Office several years ago.

He claimed that infringement would damage the goodwill he spent years trying to build.

Yesterday, Michael Howard, counsel for Mr Quirke, said the action could be struck out.

Mr O'Regan was agreeing to waive any entitlements or rights to the name 'Damo' as part of the 'Damo and Ivor' concept, which he accepted Mr Quirke was fully entitled to exploit.

Barrister Ross Aylward, counsel for RTE, said Mr O'Regan accepted RTE was entitled to broadcast the 'Damo and Ivor' programme and agreed not to take any future legal action in respect of it.

Irish Independent

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