Looks like there’s a rather heated debate unfolding between the New York Times and the Huffington Post. According to the below article, the NYT is claiming that the new HuffPo parenting blog, Parentlode, is a not-so-vieled rip-off of the Times blog Motherlode. Lawyers are getting involved and things may get ugly. Here’s the lead from the article:
HUFFING AND PUFFING: The New York Times and The Huffington Post feud isn’t going away.
Times lawyers fired off a cease-and-desist letter to Arianna Huffington on Monday, claiming that The Huffington Post’s new blog, Parentlode, is a rip-off of the Times blog Motherlode and she better change the name or else. Longtime Times writer and Motherlode founder Lisa Belkin decamped to The Huffington Post earlier this month and began writing for the new blog on Monday in a post titled, “Welcome to Parentlode.”
“While we are flattered by your focus on our blog and your apparent fondness for its name, we obviously cannot permit you to adopt a name whose sole purpose is to create an association in the minds of readers with our ‘Motherlode’ blog,” wrote New York Times Co. lawyer Richard Samson in a letter addressed to Huffington.
Read the rest of the article here and leave some comments below. Do you think the Times has a good case against Huffington? How might this affect the future of blog titles? What do you find most interesting about the debate?