Originally Posted on 08/25/2003 by the now defunct Newshax.com
WASHINGTON, DC - On Monday, the Fox News Network filed a lawsuit against comedian and author Al Franken for his use of the phrase "Al Franken." In court papers, the network alleges that it owns the copyright to the name and wants to stop publication of Franken's new book "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right."
In the court papers filed in Manhattan's State Supreme Court by Fox, the network claims that it copyrighted the phrase "Al Franken" in April of 1998. The lawsuit also claims that Al Franken's face mimics the look and style of the Fox News Network. It insists that Franken is trying to confuse the public into mistaking Al Franken for popular Fox talk-show host Bill O'Reilly.
Fox's lawsuit seeks to block Penguin Books from publishing Al Franken's book, and also demands that Al Franken change his name and undergo plastic surgery to change his appearance from a nerdy middle-aged Jewish man to a hundred-year old Eskimo woman.