By staff writers
August 22, 2007 10:35am
Article from: news.com.au
- Mattel to sue model over pornographic website
- Mattel says China Barbie damages their good name
- Toy company seeking $124,960 in damages
EMBATTLED US toymaker Mattel is fighting toxic toys on another front - a model's pornographic website using Barbie's name.
In a lawsuit filed in the US District Court in Manhattan, Mattel said the website for an adult entertainer named China Barbie tried to benefit from its success with the 48-year-old line of dolls.
China Barbie's site says she's a 34D-22-33 (all natural!) "cordial young lady" who sat behind the desks of some of the world's leading investment banking firms and advertising agencies in New York before getting into porn.
It says her filmography includes Me Luv You Long Time, Ethnic Cheerleaders 8 and Passport to Paradise.
The lawsuit said Mattel had registered its trademarks to protect the Barbie line of dolls and the $US1.6 billion ($2bn ) in sales it generated, the Associated Press reported.
Mattel said it has sold more than a billion Barbie dolls worldwide and a typical American girl owns eight of them.
According to the lawsuit, the offending website is registered to Global China Networks LLC and is operated by Terri Gibson, a resident of Hollywood, Florida.
Calls to Ms Gibson were unanswered today.
The lawsuit said Global China Networks used a domain name containing the word "barbie" in a "bad faith attempt to profit from Mattel's Barbie trademarks" and had damaged Mattel's good name.
The lawsuit asked the court to order the transfer of the domain name registration to Mattel, to award damages of up to $US100,000 ($124,960) and to order that any profits Global China Networks made be given to Mattel.
Mattel said the website was toying with an image it had carefully crafted since company co-founder Ruth Handler created the Barbie doll in 1959 after discovering that her daughter, Barbara, preferred to play with paper cutouts of adult female fashion dolls rather than baby dolls.