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Oprah Winfrey's company sues over 'Oprahdemics' podcast

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New York — Oprah Winfrey The company has filed a lawsuit against the creator of the "Oprahdemics" podcast, claiming the program misled listeners into thinking it was sponsored or endorsed by her.

In a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court late Tuesday, Winfrey's Harpo Inc seeks benefits or damages from her Kellie Carter Jackson and Leah Wright Rigueur, creators of "Oprahdemics." No, he said he wasn't trying to stop the podcast.

Instead, her podcasts and related live events dilute her Harpo's "Oprah" and "O" trademarks, misappropriating the goodwill Winfrey has spent decades building. Saying that, she wants a name change.

Harpo is the reverse spelling of Oprah, simply associated with the 'Oprah' brand, 'The Oprah Effect' or 'The Oprah Effect' or 'The Oh Factor'.

On the "Oprahdemics" website, Jackson and Rigur are historians and friends who analyze iconic episodes of Winfrey's talk show and discuss the cultural impact of the "Queen of Talks." It is explained that

In a statement, co-producer Jodie Avagan, of whom Roulette Productions is also a defendant, described "Oprah Demix" as "a journalistic exploration by a history professor and a loyal, long-time Oprah Winfrey fan." ' he called.

He said that Roulette "has been working with Harpo's team for some time. It really surprises me, but I want to solve it."

In an April interview with NPR, Rigueur called Winfrey an agency.

"This is a black woman who has dominated multiple spaces and arenas since the 1980s," she said. "I am saying that instead of releasing her from … constructive criticism, feedback, etc., I am acknowledging … Oprah Winfrey's institution and Oprah Winfrey's brand."

Winfrey, 68, is an actress and philanthropist who turned her namesake Chicago TV talk show, which ran nationally from 1986 to 2011, into a media and business empire. According to Forbes magazine, her net worth is $2.5 billion.

The case is Harpo Inc v Jackson et al, United States District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 22-06787. (Reporting by Jonathan Stempel, New York; Editing by Lisa Shoemaker)