For those who have been following the litigation between Donald Woods, co-owner of the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast/Museum in Fall River, MA, and Leonard Pickel, operator of the recently opened “True Story of Lizzie Borden” exhibit in Salem, MA, – the case is expected to be settled out of court today. This result was what a few of us knew would be the probable outcome.
However, this AP first reporting was actually premature as the ink has not yet been applied to the Agreement papers as of noon Eastern time. Mr. Pickel, no doubt in his excited relief, rushed to speak to the AP Reporter. You can read the AP’s first and premature reporting of the settlement HERE.
At issue was Mr. Pickel’s use of the word “museum” in both his website URL and contact email address wherein Mr. Woods claimed copyright to the word when attached to “Lizzie Borden” as that was cause for confusion and adversarial to his (Woods) business.
For the next several days there will be the usual flurry of newspaper and t.v. reporting following up on the AP wire story. All of which is good for both businesses. We wish them well. :)
And – unrelated to the case but for anyone interested, this next article associates Sarah Palin with Lizzie Borden. Read it HERE.