ÃÂAmerican IdolÃÂ wants an Austin strip club to take it off. The company that owns the popular television show sued in federal court to stop the weekly ÃÂStripper IdolÃÂ contest at Palazio Men`s Club. FremantleMedia North America also wants to seize Palazio`s profits from the amateur stripping contest.
In its lawsuit against Palazio, FremantleMedia calls ÃÂStripper IdolÃÂ a trademark violation that could mislead the public to think the TV show sponsors the event, The Dallas Morning News reported in Tuesday editions.
Advertisements for the stripping contest use a logo with a `colour scheme, design and font` similar to the TV show`s. Waitresses at the club also wear T-shirts emblazoned with the logo, according to the lawsuit.
`Defendants are infringing upon FremantleMedia`s trademark rights,` the suit alleges. `There is a substantial likelihood that consumers will be confused, misled or deceived as to the sponsorship ... of the defendants` stripper talent contest.`
Palazio managers initially thought the lawsuit was a joke. But they don`t plan to end the Thursday night strip-off.
The club`s managers said their contest didnÃÂt resemble the TV show. In `Stripper Idol` the women have 60 seconds to dance topless, then are ranked by audience applause to win $500.
Fremantle can`t lay claim to the word `idol,` said `Kinky` Kelly Jones, a club manager and the show`s emcee.
`It`s shocking. We`re just a local company it`s not like we`re some big threat,` said club operations manager Scott Stevenson.
In fact, the lawsuit has brought the club national attention. Its contest is in its 12th week and has a growing popularity, club managers say.
Image: In this photo provided by Fox, Katrina Darrell, 20, auditions for ÃÂAmerican IdolÃÂ in Phoenix. The flat notes, the sweet surprises, the pleas of the rejected are all intact as `American Idol` returns for its eighth season of first-class karaoke. (Photograph copyright AP. Unauthorised reproduction is prohibited.)