Oz in the News 9.16.21

A ‘Wizard of Oz’ Trademark Forced a Maryland Brewery to Change the Name of its Flagship Beer Rockville, Maryland, brewery 7 Locks has changed the name of its flagship beer, a rye pale ale formerly known as “Surrender Dorothy,” after multimedia giant Turner Entertainment deployed its legal team to defend a Wizard of Oz trademark like so many winged monkeys. Co-founder Keith Beutel tells Washington Post columnist John Kelly the brewery shortened the name of the beer to “Surrender” after Turner filed an opposition to a trademark application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that argued 7 Locks was deliberately causing confusion and attempting to profit of the iconic film starring Judy Garland. The original name of the beer was a reference to a graffitied phrase painted on a Beltway overpass with a view of Mormon Temple, which invites comparisons to the Royal Palace of Oz with dramatic, sharp spires. Ahead of Inauguration Day, 7 Locks also put out a special release of “Surrender Donald” cans.

Check Out Photos Inside the Broadway Return of Wicked After an 18-month hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Wicked resumed performances on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre September 14. The evening also welcomed the return of HamiltonThe Lion King, and Chicago as well as the first performance of Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Lackawanna Blues.

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