June 28, 2004

Mattel to Pay for “Frivolous,” “Unreasonable” Barbie Lawsuit

Filed under: open — Wendy @ 11:30 pm

Barbie EnchiladasIn December, I noted artist Tom Forsythe’s legal victory, when the 9th Circuit held that “Food Chain Barbie” was fair use. Now, the district court has fortified that ruling with a substantial award of attorneys’ fees, $1.8 million, Berkman colleague Jonathan Zittrain notes in the Times, this ruling helps avert the chilling effect of legal threats, if it causes executives and their counsel to think twice before sending groundless and unreasonable complaints.

2 Comments

  1. Totally Jeffersonian

    Just when you thought all news about the fight for fair use was bad news, we have two exercises in parody to brighten the day: Zippy the Pinhead goes “Totally Jeffersonian” in a strip on “wacko” exceptions to copyright. Meanwhile,…

    Trackback by Copyfight — July 13, 2004 @ 12:17 pm

  2. Totally Jeffersonian

    Just when you thought all news about the fight for fair use was bad news, we have two exercises in parody to brighten the day: Zippy the Pinhead goes “Totally Jeffersonian” in a strip on “wacko” exceptions to copyright. (Ah,…

    Trackback by Copyfight — July 13, 2004 @ 12:20 pm

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