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What has Barbie to do with Copyright and Trade Mark Law

Posted in Uncategorized by coda on October 17, 2009

A bit of history:

Mattel sued Aqua and the band’s label, MCA, claiming trademark and copyright infringement. Courts dismissed the lawsuits. In 2002, a judge ruled the Aqua song was protected as parody and also tossed out a defamation suit against Mattel filed by MCA.

The ruling included a sentence rarely found in legal opinions: “The parties are advised to chill.” Now, it appears, Mattel has taken that advice.

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