American Idol sends cease-and-desist to organizers of Brooklyn Senior Idol over name dispute

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BROOKLYN — American Idol may be going off the air next season, but not without taking a group of singing seniors down first.
The show has issued a cease and desist letter to the organizers of Brooklyn Senior Idol for trademark infringement.

Senator Marty Golden has co-hosted Brooklyn Senior Idol for the last seven years and is already getting ready for the event this fall.

"It's like going to Broadway and not spending $100 to get a ticket," said Sen. Golden.

Which is why he was upset when the creators of American Idol issued a cease and desist order for the Brooklyn Senior Idol name and logo for trademark infringement.

"It's very disheartening," said Golden.  "I'm telling you the people are very, very upset to see this.  My people are reacting, I'm getting e-mails like you wouldn't believe because it's just unnecessary, so unnecessary."

"While our client appreciates your enthusiasm for the American Idol and Idol brands, as a federal trademark owner, FremantleMedia cannot allow the unauthorized use of the Brooklyn Senior Idol mark in connection with talent competition services," attorney Michael J. Salvatore said in a letter.

The letter goes on to say the Brooklyn competition needs to stop using the Brooklyn Senior Idol mark and remove it from all advertising and promotional materials.

But Golden says he doesn't understand why it's such a big deal.

American Idol is going into its final season, and money from Brooklyn Senior Idol goes to AARP and the band at Xaverian High School.

"It is really an insult, to the seniors and to the Bay Ridge community.  Focusing in on 700 people, give me a break.  This is a national show and they're going to go after 700 people for Senior Idol?"

Despite the letter, Senator Golden says the show will go on.  However, he's asking people to come up with a new name.

So far two of his favorite suggestions: Brooklyn's Golden Voices or Brooklyn's Golden Oldies.

The Senator promised he would never issue a cease and desist letter for the use of his name.

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