Wonga get it wronga?

It was reported in the Independent that online satirist Brandy Snap added the words to an image of Wonga: “Fed up of final demands, whining relatives and debtors’ prison?” adding “Your soul is ours.”

Wonga attacked and issued a Letter of Claim stating: “Unauthorised use of all or a substantial part of a copyright work is an infringing act. The ‘wonga.com’ trademark device has been reproduced without consent. Unauthorised use of all or a substantial part of a copyright work (which the copyright owner asserts in addition to its trade mark rights) is an infringing act.”

Legally Wonga is spot on. Sometimes though the legalities need to go hand in hand with PR and image sometimes the advisers forget this.

MJC

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