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Why did the World Wildlife Fund wait to sue the WWF?
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Old 05 Oct 2010, 05:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I mean the WWF was around for a good 15 years before getting sued but my question is why didn't the World Wildlife Fund just sue them earlier instead of waiting?
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Old 05 Oct 2010, 05:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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In 2000, the World Wildlife Fund (also WWF), an environmental organization now called the World Wide Fund for Nature, sued the World Wrestling Federation. A British court agreed that Titan Sports had violated a 1994 agreement which had limited the permissible use of the WWF initials overseas, particularly in merchandising.































On Sunday May 5, 2002, the company quietly changed all references on its website from WWF to WWE, while switching the URL from WWF.com to WWE.com. The next day, a press release announced the official name change from World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, Inc. to World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., or WWE, and the change was publicized later that day during a telecast of Monday Night Raw, which emanated from the Hartford Civic Center in Hartford, Connecticut. For a short time, WWE used the slogan Get The 'F' Out. The company had also been ordered by court to stop using the old WWF Attitude logo on any of its properties and to censor all past references to WWF, as they no longer owned the trademark to the initials WWF in 'specified circumstances'.However, despite litigation, WWE is still permitted use of the original WWF logo, which was used from 1984 through 1997, as well as the New WWF Generation logo, which was used from 1994 through 1998. Furthermore, the company may still make use of the full World Wrestling Federation and World Wrestling Federation Entertainment names without consequence.































they basically violated there agreement
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Old 05 Oct 2010, 05:50 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Because Americans are very sue-happy. They'll sue their own mother if given the oppritunity.
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Old 05 Oct 2010, 06:02 AM   #5 (permalink)
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In 2000, the World Wide Fund for Nature sued the World Wrestling Federation (now named World Wrestling Entertainment) for unfair trade practices. Both parties had shared the initials WWF since 1979. The conservation organization claimed that the wrestling company had violated a 1994 agreement regarding international use of the WWF initials.[17][18]































?On August 10, 2001, an English court ruled in favor of the World Wide Fund for Nature. The World Wrestling Federation filed an appeal in October 2001. However, on May 5, 2002, the World Wrestling Federation changed its Web address from WWF.com to WWE.com, and replaced every WWF reference on the existing site with WWE, as a prelude to changing the company's name to World Wrestling Entertainment. Its stock ticker also switched from WWF to WWE.































Abandonment of the initialism did not end the two organizations' legal conflict. Later in 2002, the World Wide Fund for Nature petitioned the court for $360 million in damages, but was not successful. A subsequent request to overturn by the World Wide Fund for Nature was dismissed by the English Court of Appeals on June 28, 2007. In 2003, World Wrestling Entertainment won a limited decision which permitted them to continue marketing certain pre-existing products with the abandoned WWF logo. However, WWE was mandated to issue newly branded merchandise such as apparel, action figures, video games, and DVDs with the WWE initials. Additionally, the court order required the company to remove both auditory and visual references to WWF in its library of video footage outside of the United Kingdom.
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The Panda people had a gentleman's agreement with Titan Sports dating back to 1984 that they could use the acronym WWF in the U.S but that they wouldn't use it in Europe,Vince signed a document agreeing sometime in 1985.When WWF arrived on European cable TV in the mid 80s they weren't very well known (or watched) however by the early 90s they had become huge in Europe.Vince then ignored several appeals from the WWFund to stop using it as he had previously agreed to,they eventually took them to court,and as the agreement was specific to Europe,The WWfund figured that they could sue in a European court,They were right.That's why the case was heard in London rather than the U.S (and probably why they won,Vince would probably have wriggled out of it in America)
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