Mattel gets litigious on chinabarbie.com
Trademark lawsuit seeks unspecified damages
Mattel yesterday filed suit in Manhattan federal court against www.chinabarbie.com for "using the toymaker's famed 'Barbie' trademark as part of the name for a pornographic website", Reuters reports.
The suit, which is seeking unspecified damages, says the site is operated by Florida-based Global China Networks using a New York postal address and had "sold memberships to the site to customers around the world".
The suit also helpfully adds that "American girls aged between 3 and 11 own an average of eight Barbie dolls each". ®
You've just got to love it when an American corporation can appropriate a common name (Barbie) and then prevent anyone else from ever using that name again. It's not like they created a new name for their doll, they used a name that was already in use. That would be like a corporation today making a "Jennifer" doll and then suing anyone who tried to use that name. It's ridiculous.
Site broken :(
Bah, the alleged pr0n site seems to be malfunctioning. It has a completely innocent front page with an "Enter" link, which points to a page the server doesn't find.
Does anybody have a working link to the site's real contents? Or is it really completely offline now?
Mattel have been doing this for years
One of our hosting customers asked me to change her domain name from one that referenced the word Barbie to a slightly different variation.
I asked her why and apparently they took her to some kind of tribunal and managed to get the domain transferred into their own names.