The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT)
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Dr. Dre loses trademark claim against ‘Dr. Drai’
Dr. Dre has lost his trademark fight against Dr. Drai.
Dre, the rap mogul and record producer whose real name is Andre Young, opposed the trademark application of Dr. Draion M. Burch, a Pittsburgh gynecologist.
Burch, whose website advertises that he’s a sex expert and media personality, is known professionally as “Doctor Drai” — a shortened version of his first name — and in 2015 he sought trademark protection for it.
Dre’s lawyers told a panel of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that consumers were likely to mix up Dre and Drai, whose names are pronounced the same way even though they’re spelled differently. The trademark panel rejected that argument.
Dre’s lawyers also argued that Burch’s use of Dr. Drai “implied a false suggestion of a connection” between the two.
But the gynecologist said he applied for the trademark simply because “that’s my name.” Drai testified that he didn’t want to be associated with Dre because “it’s a bad reflection on me as a doctor,” according to the trademark panel’s decision.
Spotify cuts R. Kelly music from playlists
NEW YORK — Spotify has removed R. Kelly’s music from its playlists, citing its new policy on hate content and hateful conduct.
A spokesperson said Thursday that Kelly’s music is no longer available on the streaming service’s owned and operated playlists and algorithmic recommendations. His music will still be available, but Spotify will not promote it.
The new policy defines hateful conduct as “something that is especially harmful or hateful,” such as violence against children and sexual violence.
It’s another blow for the R&B superstar, who has been battling allegations that he has sexually abused women for decades. While Kelly has denied the allegations and was acquitted in 2008 of child pornography charges, recent attention and a #MuteRKelly campaign has put the singer, songwriter and producer under more scrutiny.
Town & Country apologizes to Monica Lewinsky over invite
NEW YORK — A magazine has apologized to Monica Lewinsky after she said she was disinvited to an event because former President Bill Clinton was attending.
Town & Country Thursday tweeted it regretted “the way the situation was handled.” The magazine held its annual Philanthropy Summit in New York City Wednesday.
Lewinsky took to Twitter to say the invitation was rescinded after she had accepted because Clinton decided to attend. She said manners expert Emily Post would not approve.
Lewinsky later tweeted “definitely, please don’t try to ameliorate the situation by insulting me with an offer of an article in your mag.”
Clinton initially denied having an affair with the then-White House intern before admitting to it in 1998.