B.C. man squares off with CBC

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:56 AM ET

Michael Mills may end up starring in Legal Fight in Court with the owners of Hockey Night in Canada.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is threatening to sue the Cloverdale small businessman, unless he stops selling Hockey Fight in Canada hats and T-shirts.

A March 12 letter from CBC lawyer Eric Macramalla said Mills "misleads and confuses the public into believing that your business is somehow affiliated with, or endorsed by, [CBC], which is of course not the case."

Macramalla, who refused a 24 hours' interview request, wants Mills to surrender Hockey Fight in Canada websites and merchandise to CBC.

Mills said his logo design is a "tribute" meant to advocate fighting in hockey.

"It's not like I'm going to start my own TV show," said Mills, a former kickboxer who owns LocoBoy Clothing Company.

Mills said CBC is "hypocritical" because its Royal Canadian Air Farce sketch comedy show generates revenue with a name parodying the old Royal Canadian Air Force.

Mills said he's talking to a lawyer, but "this would be one fight I'd probably lose. The reason being is do I have all the money to fight up against CBC? No."

The federal government puts the onus on trademark holders to protect their company and brand names from imitation or improper use.

CBC will broadcast Hockey Night in Canada until at least 2014 after signing a $100-million-a-year deal March 26 with The National Hockey League.


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