Bratz copyright lawsuit tossed

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32 Responses to “Bratz copyright lawsuit tossed”

  1. SoItBegins says:

    I can’t comment on the toys, but hurrah for the judge for having some sense!

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Sense, schmense.  More likely, the person with the more expensive lawyers won.

      • SoItBegins says:

        [eye roll] You, sir, are a cynic.

      • Brainspore says:

        I worked a stint for Mattel once. Trust me, they didn’t skimp on lawyer fees either… but they lost their suit against MGA too. I know it seems almost too incredible to be true, but this could be a genuine instance of common sense winning out in an intellectual property case. (Fashion sense, not so much.)

    • Ambiguity says:

      While I would normally applaud such a decision, in this case I wish they would have made an exception, forcing the manufacturer to halt production of those creepy things immediately.

  2. Thedangercometh says:

    Am I correct in assuming that had the roles been reversed  - as in Bratz suing Belair (ludicrous as it sounds) – for copyright infringement, so long as they are not “specifically articulated”, he would be ok?

  3. penguinchris says:

    Belair cannot monopolize the abstract concept of an absurdly large-headed, long limbed, attractive, fashionable woman

    Has the judge seen either the original ad, or the dolls? “Attractive” and “fashionable” do not belong in that sentence, especially for the original ad which is grotesquely awful.

  4. koko szanel says:

    but you can patent it, just ask Oakley or Apple.

  5. Finnagain says:

    Maybe Cambridge will assert rights over this as well?

  6. Electro_Jones says:

    Everyone owes T. S. Sullivant’s estate a trillion dollars.

  7. caipirina says:

    The whole copyright thing is really going crazy … soon you will not be able to play a song because it has a single note from famous song X in it … or paint a picture because it uses the color RED because Bono is sitting on that … 

  8. monopole says:

    “…the idea is grotesquely disproportionate images of young women.”
    Bratz Dolls May Give Girls Unrealistic Expectations Of Head Size:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Mw1ARQc7vw

  9. Halloween_Jack says:

    Every time I see a Bratz doll, I still have to suppress the impulse to scream, “WHERE IS YOUR NOSE?”

    • blueelm says:

      Come on now, years ago the victims of nasal tuberculosis and syphilis lived in shame, hiding their disfigurement from the world. Show some mercy!

  10. Lobster says:

    Someone liked that idea so much that they stole it?

    See, humanity, THIS is why we can’t have nice things.

  11. Brad H. says:

    As a male my ideal disproportionate female figure would be on Barbie doll levels. Unless there is something in those big heads (having watched the Bratz cartoon with my niece, the indication is no.)

    Anyways, I thought it was the other way round. There was an ad for Steve Madden in Melbourne that got Hitler moustached and tagged with “Bratz ripoff!”. Damn tweens…

  12. Sekino says:

    Belair cannot monopolize the abstract concept of an absurdly large-headed, long limbed, attractive, fashionable woman…

    Especially since Max Fleisher came up with such a concept 80 years ago…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betty_Boop

    • Jerril says:

      Seriously, this is what I thought of when I first saw Bratz. Once I got over the attack of the uncanny valley of course.

  13. nesnora says:

    These dolls are creepy and offensive, as well as his trashy, objectifying photography.

  14. See, the dolls don’t bother me a fraction of the photo. The photo is real people uncannily dysmorphed; the doll’s just a cartoon, with a much thicker layer of unreality between the design and consumers’ self-image.

    • blueelm says:

      I’ve actually felt the same way. The dolls remind me of certain anime styles and they’re clearly cartoons. I don’t like them, but they don’t *disturb* me. 

  15. angusm says:

    I know it shouldn’t influence my thinking, but I’ve always found those Steve Madden ads so repellent that I can’t help feeling a touch of schadenfreude at the news that the photographer lost. They were all over the place a few years ago and I loathe them (and, by association, the whole Madden brand).

    Of course, the dolls are equally hideous, so if a passing meteorite devastates the Bratz factory (miraculously without loss of life), my day will be complete. 

  16. Brainspore says:

    My biggest problem with the “Bratz” toy line is that they glorify acting like a brat.

  17. Mister44 says:

    Yo Bratz, Japan called. They want their royalties for the whole “large head, exaggerated proportions” thing.

  18. Marc45 says:

    Funny how when a corporation needs to use an individual’s work, copyrights don’t apply.  You can bet if the reverse happened, the Bratz company would sue and win.

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