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Short shrift for Ryanair.

Byline: Murphy

RYANAIR received short shrift when it threatened British satirical magazine Private Eye with "legal proceedings" unless it handed over pounds 1,000 to the charity Orbis Ireland.

Michael O'Leary's head of legal affairs Jim Callaghan complained the mag had breached the airline's copyright by using its logo in a piece about "Cheap Frights With Ryanair" and "Britain's Favourite SCAIRLINE" after an unfortunate series of safety scares.

But Private Eye simply replied: "Mr Callaghan is referred to the Eye's reply in the famous case of Arkell v Pressdram (1971)."

The magazine's publishers Pressdram made legal history in that case by telling the plaintiff to "f*** off".
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 2, 2008
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