London, April 15 ANI | 5 months ago

The staff at a Thorntons chocolate shop in Bury, Greater Manchester, refused to write 3-year-old boy Rooney's name on Easter egg because they were afraid of breaching copyright.


The disappointed mother of the child, Jo-Anne Scholes, said that just because her child shares the name of the famous footballer Wayne Rooney, doesn't mean that he's not allowed to have his name on anything, the Daily Star reported.

It's pathetic that they wouldn't let a child have his name on an Easter egg for the fear of upsetting the footballer, she added.

The staff iced the kid's full name 'Rooney Scholes' as a compromise on the egg, but the 43-year-old mom-of-four, who had named her youngest kid after the star as the ultimate tribute to the striker, called the decision "barmy".

UK law does not copyright or trademark the protection for people's names, and later, a spokesman for Thorntons reportedly apologised for the incident saying that though the company does abide by copyright laws but these were not applicable in this case.

(Posted on 16-04-2014)


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