Mariah Carey can’t be the only ‘Queen of Christmas’ after losing trademark bid over Mistle
Theresa May was forced to defend the decision to allow the Queen to take part in last night’s Mistletoe & Kiss event in Liverpool as the singer claims copyright for the song.
As the controversial singer’s representatives attempted to take the case to the High Court, Mrs May said she had “taken all necessary steps to defend the Queen of Christmas”.
Mrs May said: “As her Majesty, the Queen of England, is a symbol of all that is good and true, and as she holds the keys and the treasury in her own hand, I have given careful thought to this matter. My decision has been influenced by my consideration of the feelings of people who have either worked with or are friends of the artist, and the way in which this is a celebration of her and her music. I have seen first-hand how this event can be used by others to promote their own commercial interests.
“The song in question only features the name of the artist and was written in 2012 and recorded in 2012. There is no element of ‘derivative work’ in this case. The artist herself took the song out of copyright as a gift; and there is nothing commercially-orientated or anti-competitive about this. When this is taken into account, I can see the case against the name being a stronger one. I have taken all the necessary steps to defend the Queen of Christmas in this matter. ”
Mrs May also said: “I wish to be clear that I have been concerned that the name of the artist, Mistletoe & Kiss, could be seen in some quarters as associated with a particular brand of Christmas, and could be seen as a marketing tool which is against my personal interests in terms of my business interests around public events being in competition with one another. This is a very sensitive issue.