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Oprah Winfrey Sued

WOMAN CLAIMS O JACKED

"OWN YOUR POWER"

7/30/2011 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Oprah Winfrey stole her famous phrase "Own Your Power" ... from a New Jersey business woman -- that's according to a lawsuit filed against O and Harpo Productions.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in a New Jersey federal court, Simone Kelly-Brown (CEO of something called Own Your Power Communications, Inc.) claims her company has been around since 1996 ... providing "a personal brand of self-awareness and motivational communication services."

According to the trademark infringement suit ... Kelly-Brown claims all the trouble started with the October 2010 issue of Oprah's magazine, which included the headline "Own Your Power."

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The suit claims the infringement continued when the magazine directed readers to a section of O's website called Own Your Power (see it here).

Kelly-Brown alleges a self-help collision nearly occurred when she and Oprah both hosted Own Your Power events in the same city ... just days apart.

Kelly-Brown is suing for unspecified damages.

A rep for Harpo issued a statement to EW, saying, "Harpo has not been served and we have no information about what allegations are being made."


43 COMMENTS

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1.

myliverhurts    

2nd

1092 days ago
2.

migirl70    

Oprah is a self-serving, self-centered pig. I bet she and and staff jacked a bunch of phrases/ideas from others. I'm glad she's off TV. I am proud to say, in the 20 years she's been on TV I have NEVER watched a full Oprah episode!

1092 days ago
3.

Truth    

OH PLEASSE... BITCH BETTER STOP WHILE SHE'S AHEAD. OPRAH HAS ALL THE LEGAL FUNDS IN WORLD TO LAST TILL 2099 OR SETTLE WITHOUT A HITCH.

1092 days ago
4.

Sandra     

Suggest this is a losing battle and this woman will lose what money she has!!

1092 days ago
5.

static    

It wouldn't surprise me if it's true, Oprah is completely inauthentic.

1092 days ago
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Bruno    

The term "own your power" has been around a long, long time. This is what is known as a "nuisance lawsuit".

1092 days ago
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Anonymous527496    

So now this CEO woman owns that phrase?

1092 days ago
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Anonymous527496    

Haha, and both are motivational types..funny, wonder who will win in court?

1092 days ago
9.

SLH    

please ... that magazine cover is more painting than photograph!

1092 days ago
10.

Cujeaux    

The ripoffs are nothing new. O magazine is a total rip off of Martha Stewart Living, except for the fact that Martha has the sense not to put her mug on the cover of every damn one of her magazines. I love how obese Oprah has to see her wide load on the covers now.

Her network was based on self promotion as well. OWN tested the waters in the beginning with all Oprah all the time programming, which is why it's failing. It's become proof of what people have known all along - her success was based purely on luck.

All of her self help crap is meant for others not her, because she's perfect. When she gave up on her weight problem it became a thyroid condition, not a mac and cheese addiction.

1092 days ago
11.

Amy    

Fat chance of winning a lawsuit against Queen Oprah! It just won't happen.

1092 days ago
12.

smd    

That is like suing Jesus.....Oh wait...Oprah IS Jesus....Lady suing Oprah is futile....the b!tch has endless money.

1092 days ago
13.

CoolNerd    

Here we see Oprah's real talent...jacking other people''s ideas and promoting them as her own (OWN?) Her self-indulgence and narcissism are legendary, and her welcome is slowly being worn out as people refuse to watch all Oprah, all the time. She rides other people's coattails and ends up glomming on to their fame and using it to promote herself, which is what her magazine and her network are really all about.

1092 days ago
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If sense were common everyone would have it.    

Course she jacked it. She's Oprah, she doesn't give a sh*t what you think, & you'll take it & you'll like it!

1092 days ago
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squeakermama    

Would it be so bad to share the cover and let someone else do it once in a while?

1092 days ago
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