Oprah Winfrey, Harpo Sued Over 'Own Your Power' Motto
New Jersey woman claims OWN CEO stole her empowerment phrase.
Oprah Winfrey already has her hands full, trying to revitalize the OWN network with new programming, but now she’s been hit by a lawsuit claiming that her self-empowerment mantra was actually stolen from a New Jersey woman.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, Simone Kelly-Brown and Own Your Power Communications, Inc., claim that the phrase “Own Your Power” – and its acronym, OYP -- was their idea, according to Entertainment Weekly.
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The motivational communication services company also claims in the suit which was filed in New Jersey on Thursday, the entire concept of believing that “anything you want in life is attainable” will help you live your best life, was also theirs originally and taken from them by Oprah and Harpo Productions. They are seeking damages to reverse the injury caused by Oprah’s “brazenly unlawful disregard for the existence and use of [OTP's] trademark.”
Oprah Winfrey’s October 2010 issue of her magazine had the phrase “Own Your Power” on the cover. A section of her website is also called “Own Your Power.”
A representative of Harpo told EW: "Harpo has not been served and we have no information about what allegations are being made.”