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Mattel Loses 'Barbie Girl' Lawsuit

A California federal appeals court declined today (July 25) to reinstate a lawsuit from Mattel Inc. alleging the pop song "Barbie Girl" infringed on the toymaker's doll patent.

A California federal appeals court declined today (July 25) to reinstate a lawsuit from Mattel Inc. alleging the pop song "Barbie Girl" infringed on the toymaker's doll patent. Mattel sued MCA Records Inc. and others who helped produce and market the song, record by the Danish band Aqua and featuring the phrase, "I'm a blonde bimbo girl in a fantasy world."

The maker of Barbie claimed the song violated Mattel's copyright and that it confused consumers into thinking Mattel backed the song. MCA also sued Mattel for defamation while the suit was pending. Mattel, the court wrote, said MCA's alleged trademark violation was a "crime."

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court that threw out the defamation suit and the trademark suit.

"Barbie Girl," which became the highest new entry for a debut act on The Billboard Hot 100 when it opened at No. 7, was featured on the 1997 album "Aquarium." Aqua split up last summer.


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