Thursday 19 September 2019

Singer granted injunction against TV company over use of bestselling DVD

Tommy Fleming. Photo: David Conachy.
Tommy Fleming. Photo: David Conachy.

Tim Healy

Singer Tommy Fleming has been granted an injunction against a television company preventing it broadcasting his bestselling DVD "Voice of Hope".

The order was granted in the High Court against Irish TV, which is based in Co Mayo.

Mr Fleming's counsel, Noel Travers, told the court three million of the Voice of Hope DVD have been sold worldwide since the singer first performed it in 2005.

The legal row is understood to centre on the alleged use of a promotional DVD sent out by the singer in relation to Voice of Hope.

Counsel said Mr Fleming, along with Tina Mitchell Fleming and TF Productions Ltd, sought the injunction pending the hearing of the action.

It was to restrain Irish TV from allegedly passing off his Voice of Hope DVD under the name "Tommy Fleming Musical Extravaganza" or any similar trademark.

He further sought an order restraining company from making available to the public, without authorisation, the Voice of Hope DVD and or broadcasting in alleged breach of Mr Fleming's copyright.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan granted the order against Teilifis Mhaigh Eo Teoanta, trading as Irish TV.

The television company, based in Westport and employing 30, last month obtained High Court protection after an unexpected funding shortfall and liabilities over assets of €8.7m.

It broadcasts a 24-hour channel on Sky, Eir and free-to-air services as well as an on-line video on demand service.

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