Corporations, Not People, Clog Our Courts 4 of 10 – Toy maker Mattel spent five years litigating until the Supreme Court turned down their request to reopen a trademark suit against MCA Records Inc.
Mattell had claimed that the preteen girls who buy Barbie dolls were duped into thinking the song “Barbie Girl” was an advertisement for the doll or part of the Mattel’s official line of Barbie products. The song, by a Danish group called Aqua, includes the lyrics, “I’m a blonde bimbo in a fantasy world/Dress me up, make it tight, I’m your dolly.”
Mattell, Inc., the maker of Barbie, waging an aggressive trademark war against unsanctioned use of Barbie name, attacking the founders of the “Barbie Makes a Wish” weekend that raises money for critically ill children; artist Paul Hansen was sued for $1.2 billion for making $2,000 from the sale of his Exorcist Barbie, Tonya Harding Barbie and Drag Queen Barbie…
Mattel made almost $4 billion in annual sales in 1996, but has also filed copyright and trademark infringement suits against these toy enthusiasts.
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The above is from Gerry Spence’s Bloodthirsty Bitches and Pious Pimps of Power pages 172-176.