Lawsuit Brewing Over Huffington Post’s New Parent Blog

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?


About Nick DiUlio

My name is Nick DiUlio, a freelance writer and editor from New Jersey. I have been passionate about the craft of writing since I was old enough to spell, and this love has led to a successful career in journalism and creative nonfiction. As a freelancer, I have covered a wide range of topics and personalities, as my published work has focused on everything from profiles of artists and important political figures to hard-news stories with both national and local appeal; from restaurant and beverage reviews to tips on fashion and finance; from health and wellness pieces to celebrity Q&A’s. My work has appeared in several local, regional and national publications—both in print and online—including Philadelphia Magazine,, Miller-McCune, New Jersey Monthly, Eating Well, and Delaware Today. Additionally, I am the South Jersey Bureau Chief for New Jersey Monthly and an adjunct journalism professor at Rowan University. To be sure, the broadness of my body of work seems only to be matched by my boundless interest in almost every subject imaginable (except Warren Zevon). Check out some of my most recently published work here.
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2 Responses to Lawsuit Brewing Over Huffington Post’s New Parent Blog

  1. Shannon says:

    They definitely have a case. I’m sure they could’ve literally used any other parenting-esque blog name out there without having to touch upon NYTs at all. If it’s copyrighted or in the process of copyright there is without a doubt reason for NYT to send their cease and desist. I think it may effect other blog titles because legitimate news sources may not want similar names of those independent blogs to seem associated with what they have established. It seems fair to me.

  2. kelpeterson says:

    Honestly, first impression: that lady’s picture is creepy. I don’t think I’d want parenting advice from her in the first place. Yep, just based on that. 🙂

    As for the name, yes, it’s an obvious jab at/play off of the NYT blog, and yes, the Huffington Post probably is using a similar name for the sole purpose of commanding the NYT’s former audience. However, I have a feeling that, intentional slights and marketing ploys aside, this going to wind up going the way of Coke and Pepsi. The two long-form brand names: Coca-cola and Pepsi-cola. Yep.

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