25 January, 2014
War of the Yellows
This is also a story about big and small and that sometimes world brands sue much smaller, much lesser known companies.
Like this one where a big champagnehouse has taken a small winegrower to court over its usage of the colour of yellow.
Ok, the colour of this particular yellow is the identity of this big champagnehouse. However when you compare the two labels as Wine-Searcher presents them, you may wonder a bit about the fuzz. You may also wonder if there is anything to win this way anyway. Not for me to decide.
Seen from our point of view, I can tell you that it is not because small companies do not have ideas. Even good ideas.
However, should they feel bothered when it comes to the protection of these, they don't have neither the money nor the time to orchestrate and participate in such court battles.
So be it... they just have to come up with another and better idea. Which they will then do.
Not long ago I was a bit surprised to see someone else's champagne bottle with a label of pretty much the same acid sort of yellow.
Maybe just a coincidence. Maybe the two yellows are not that close in real life. Maybe we both got inspired the same way. Or maybe somebody actually dit borrow from us.
I will most likely never know.
But we may want to give it a go to come up with something else some day. Luckily our ideas are as good as anybody else's, free of tax and just a matter of thought and dedication, and we can have a lot of them in the time we could spend dealing with legal matters.