All she wanted for Christmas was trademark, but Mariah Carey’s attempt to fence in the title of ‘Queen of Christmas’ was rejected by US bureaucrats after she was accused of ‘bullying’.
he singer, whose music is synonymous with the festive season, has long been known by her favorite moniker.
But an attempt to make it legally hers — and ripe for making money with it — was stopped by the US Patent and Trademark Office after another singer filed a complaint.
carey’s hit, All I want for Christmas is youhas charted every holiday season since its original release 28 years ago and has earned more than $72 million in royalties.
Last year it was streamed a billion times on Spotify alone.
It appears on the 1994 album Merry Christmas, a mix of covers and originals that also includes Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Silent Night and Jesus Born on This Day.
Lotion LLC, Carey’s company, filed for trademark rights last year for the phrases “Queen of Christmas,” “Princess Christmas,” and “QOC.”
But lawyers for Elizabeth Chan, a 42-year-old singer from New York, said it was “a classic case of brand bullying” and a significant “overstatement”.
Ms Chan had been dubbed the “Christmas Queen” by her The New Yorker Magazine in 2018, in recognition of having released an original celebratory record every year for a decade.
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“I truly believe that no one should hold on to anything around Christmas or monopolize it in the way Mariah aspires to do over and over,” she said in an interview with diversity. “It’s just not the right thing. Christmas is for everyone.
“It’s meant to be shared, not owned,” she added.
Lotion LLC did not respond to Ms. Chan’s appeal in a timely manner, so Carey’s trademark was not granted. (© Telegraph Media Group Ltd. 2022)
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https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/music-news/mariah-carey-loses-bid-to-trademark-herself-as-queen-of-christmas-42150710.html Mariah Carey loses bid to brand herself ‘Queen of Christmas’