Bil Browning

IHOP sues fundie group for copyright violation

Filed By Bil Browning | September 16, 2010 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Media
Tags: copyright infringement, IHOP, International House of Pancakes, International House of Prayer, lawsuit

IHOP - the International House of Pancakes is suing fundie Lou Engle's International House of Prayer. The restaurant is claiming copyright violation. The church's tagline is "Preparing the way of the Lord through night and day prayer." Pshaw, not even close to sounding like a 24 hour restaurant, is it?

ihop-logo.jpgThe Kansas City, Missouri-based church group "selected and adopted the International House of Prayer name, knowing it would be abbreviated IHOP. IHOP-KC intended to misappropriate the fame and notoriety of the household name IHOP to help promote and make recognizable their religious organization," the lawsuit says.

Lawyers from the pancake restaurant say the odds are stacked against the church group and provided the court with pages and pages of documentation of websites, newsletters and signs on buildings where the prayer group allegedly used the IHOP acronym.

Tell me if I'm wrong, but I don't remember Jesus feeding the masses with pancakes and their choice of bacon or sausage. I do remember that pesky "Thou Shalt Not Steal" commandment though...

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Angela Brightfeather | September 16, 2010 10:37 AM

Well, this is a tricky argument if you ask me. How many service type companies choose the name "AAA" Plumbing & Heating as an example, so that they are the first name in the telephone book (not that anyone even uses a phone book now a days). However, in this case, using the first three letters as the same words, leaves this church group in an almost inexcapable postion of being advertising thiefs also.

Now if they changed their name to "International Hypocrites of Perversion", they might have every justification to use I-HOP and get away with it.

Thou shalt not steal, yes, but thou shalt make _delicious pancakes_ for me to nosh on. Looks like I'll be giving IHOP more of my business from here on.

I'm not a big fan of (the real) IHOP; I prefer to eat at unique locally-owned places when possible.

Nevertheless, I find myself rooting for (the real) IHOP here. Please, (real) IHOP attorneys, rip their lungs out!

Pancakes maybe, but Jesus would not have served bacon. And sausage? Hmmm.

I'm so glad someone got my joke. Thanks Leigh Anne. It's nice to know I don't put those asides in for nothing. :)

I smell a hot lawsuit! I hope IHOP gets everything they want with a cherry on top!

Ah, trademark violations. Better yet -- trade dress! Good to see them getting what they deserve. Hopefully IHOP will sue for full financial impact, which will put a major crimp in Engle's finances, lol

Joe-Allen Doty | September 17, 2010 2:05 AM

Lou Engle and Ted Haggard were in the documentary film "Jesus Camp." Engle showed up at the camp to preach to the kids about abortion. His explicit presentation was really too graphic for children who were yet teenagers.