Do you remember when former #ReadingRainbow host #LeVarBurton raised over $5 million in a kickstarter campaign to revive the show? Well, three years have passed and still no show! Due to a recent lawsuit, it appears that the delay stems from an ongoing court battle from 2011 regarding a licensing deal.
According to #TheHollywoodReporter, Reading Rainbow is currently owned by a public broadcaster in Buffalo, NY called WNED and they have recently filed a lawsuit against former host #LeVarBurton. He is being sued for copyright infringement, conversion, cybersquatting, violations of the Lanham Act, breach of contract and interference with customer relations after continuing to use the show’s tag line, “But you don’t have to take my word for it” as they claim he has no legal right to do so. It’s an unfortunate situation, because Burton has been associated with the phrase for over 20 years!
Per court documents, WNED detailed their reasons for the suit and call Burton out for ruining their own attempts at reviving Reading Rainbow by allegedly making secret dealings with Netflix.