J.R. Ewing decanters and belt buckles are at the center of a lawsuit from Warner Bros., which alleges that the online merchandiser selling the items is infringing on its “Dallas” intellectual property, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.
Warners Bros. is producing the new version of “Dallas,” which started airing on TNT in 2012, and it also distributed the original drama when it aired from 1978-1991. The company is claiming it owns all rights to the names and logos linked to the TV show, and is suing SWP Omnimedia for trademark infringement, false designation of origin and a violation of the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act.
The latter is tied to SWP’s sites, which carry names such as ewingoil.org, as the law bars usage of domain names that are too similar to trademarked names.
SWP didn’t respond to a request for comment, the story notes.