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A small town business owner accused of copying the RAW logo has challenged the owner of WWE to settle down the issue in the ring. After he had been accused of breaching copyrights by copying the RAW logo, Nottingham-born Alistair Rowarth challenged the company to a Royal Rumble.
The forty eight years old had been running a van and car hire service by the name Raw Motors for only sixteen months. The father of three was very shocked at receiving emails sent to him by the globally renowned company threatening to take legal action against him.
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WWE runs a weekend show by the name of RAW and has claimed that the small business owner had copied the logo design. However, Big Al, as he is known to his friends, claimed that the similar logos were a mere coincidence and had not been intentionally designed to look that way.
So instead of facing the company in a legal battle, Alistair Rowarth challenged the multi million pound wrestling organization. According to Rowarth “I will fight them for it – they can send anyone they like. I would need some steps to get into the ring as I’ve not been in the gym for about two years. I would call myself Mad Jack McMahon or Kung Fu Panda. I have never followed wrestling, I used to box, but I used to get mistaken as wrestler Bautista. I will probably get battered but I will wear the best outfit.”
However, this offer was declined by the solicitors hired by WWE. In the letter they sent out to Rowarth they stated “This kind of flippant response is extremely disappointing and not constructive. You and your client should understand the importance of intellectual property rights but making an offer such as this appears to demonstrate otherwise and suggests a lack of respect. World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc, raised a legitimate complaint regarding your client’s adoption of the Logo and a response of this kind clearly indicates that your client is not taking it seriously.”
According to Big Al, he has just been given two months to change the logo but states that he is not going to revamp it, We are not changing the name. Never. We are just changing the design. We have put everything we have got into this business, such as re-mortgaging the house. It is petty. They are such a big organization – fair enough if we had something to do with wrestling but we don’t.”
According to a WWE spokesman: “WWE takes its intellectual property rights very seriously in the interests of our official partners and licensees and to protect our fans and customers from confusion.”