I haven’t done a ‘rant’ in a while, but after reading about some actions that TVB took recently, I decided to take some time out of my busy schedule to write up this post about it.
As I’m sure most of you have heard by now (since this ‘news’ technically came out last week but only got widely reported on the last day or so), TVB submitted a requested to the trademarks and patents bureau to ‘trademark’ the HKTV name (in Chinese and English) alongside their own logo – AND THE REQUEST GOT APPROVED! So basically, this means that the ‘HKTV’ name now ‘belongs’ to TVB, so anyone who attempts to use the name without authorization from them could get sued for copyright infringement (yes, that means Ricky Wong and all the artists / behind-the-scenes people who work for him aren’t allowed to call themselves ‘HKTV’ employees anymore otherwise they risk being ‘fined’ or even going to jail..).
So what was my reaction the first time I read about this? I’ll be blunt – my first reaction was: WTF????? Damn bastards!!
Of course, anyone with even half a brain knows what TVB is trying to do – since it’s not like TVB is ever going to use the HKTV name anyway, it’s obvious that they are making this move to ‘spite’ Ricky Wong and in so doing, ‘kill off’ any chance his company may have had to make a comeback, which is why I find TVB’s actions absolutely shameful and abhorrent!! I mean, come on now – TVB already emerged victorious from the TV license battle and they already have a monopoly on the entire HK television industry, so why is there a need for them to make such a ‘low-blow’ move? Since TVB already won the war, why not just leave it at that and win graciously rather than ‘beat a dead horse while it’s down’ like they’re doing now?
Sure, people can argue that TVB has a legitimate claim to the ‘HKTV’ name, since they used that name in the 70s and 80s – I’m not disputing that fact at all. To me, the issue isn’t whether TVB has the right to lay claim to the HKTV name because it’s obvious they do have the right – the issue I have is with the TIMING of it all. If TVB truly intended on keeping the HKTV name or if they are making this ‘trademark’ move without any ulterior motives (as they claim), then why didn’t they do it back in the 80s or even 90s? Heck, why didn’t they do it 2 years ago when Ricky Wong announced that he was changing his company’s name from CTI to HKTV? It’s not like Ricky did it in secret or anything – he actually held a press conference event announcing his decision and even mentioned the fact that TVB had used the name in the past. Why wait until now to make such a move? (Honestly, I would like to see TVB ‘explain’ their way out of this – to me, no ‘excuse’ that they manage to come up with is going to make any sense).
The part that ticks me off the most about this whole issue is the impact this will now have on HKTV’s artists. I guess it’s not enough that many HKTV employees were already forced out of a job because of the TV license decision – in addition to worrying about their futures and how they’re going to put food on the table, now they also have to worry about the ‘legal’ ramifications involved if they do something as simple as ‘associate’ themselves with HKTV. So I guess it’s also not enough that TVB screws over their own employees and mistreats them to the point of being inhumane – now they feel the need to screw over another company’s employees as well! Honestly, where is the logic in that?? I don’t care how much TVB hates Ricky Wong and wants to get back at him for ‘poaching’ from their company – the management on both sides can battle it out and kill each other for all I care, but they shouldn’t drag their innocent employees into the fray and compromise those employees’ livelihoods, reputations, and dignity!
Obviously, I’m frustrated and, once again, disappointed in TVB. At times like this, I’m reminded of Felix Wong’s ‘Totally Very Bad’ moniker for TVB…well, I’ve come up with a moniker of my own for them: BBB – BIG BAD BULLY!!