The Times, December 3 1998 BRITAIN
Bar sued for ideas above its station
BY GILLIAN HARRIS, SCOTLAND CORRESPONDENT
THE owner of a Scottish pub that lies 500 miles beyond
the end of the Northern Line has been ordered to pay
compensation after being accused of passing his premises
off as a London Underground station.
Kenny Nicoll, who runs the Underground Bar in Dundee,
said yesterday that he had received a lawyer's letter from
London Underground claiming that the pub was
impersonating one of its stations. Mr Nicoll was instructed
by the law firm Campbell Hooper to remove all references
to the network or face court action.
"This is crazy," he said. "Do they think we have queues of
people standing outside waiting on a Tube? If these
people are suggesting we are passing ourselves off as a
tartan Tube station, they must be at least four stops
London Underground said the gold and black signs that
hung inside and outside the pub must be taken down
because they breached copyright. Mr Nicoll has also been
asked to pay "significant compensation" to London
Regional Transport's Museum of Transport, which sells
approved Underground memorabilia.
"What are we supposed to be compensating them for?"
asked Mr Nicoll, whose basement bar has been called the
Underground since it opened in 1970. "I can't believe
commuters in London have stopped travelling by Tube
because of a Dundee pub. I'm not prepared to change the
LRT said that using imitation Underground signs, whatever
the colour, was a breach of copyright. A spokesman said
the company was entitled to pursue a claim for damages,
interest and legal costs from the pub's printers, advertisers