Mattel Sues Porn Site Over "Barbie" Trademark

Mattel’s lawyers are having a busy week, they’re suing a porn site over use of their trademark “Barbie.” From Dow Jones:

The El Segundo, Calif., toy maker sued Global China Networks LLC in federal court in Manhattan on Tuesday over its Web site, http://www.chinabarbie.com. Global is a limited liability company organized in Florida and maintains a post-office box in New York, according to the complaint.

In its lawsuit, Mattel claims the Web site is pornographic and Global sold memberships to persons around the world.

The company, which has principal address in Hollywood, Fla., is listed as inactive on the Florida Department of State Division of Corporations Web site.

No phone number could be located late Tuesday for Global or its registered agent in Hollywood, Fla.

This isn’t the first time Mattel has sued adult websites over the use of “Barbie.” They’re now the proud owner of barbiesplaypen.com after successfully suing to have the domain name transferred.

Mattel Files Trademark Suit Vs Adult Site With Barbie In Name [CNNMoney]

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  1. Jaysyn was banned for: http://consumerist.com/5032912/the-subprime-meltdown-will-be-nothing-compared-to-the-prime-meltdown#c7042646 says:

    Technically, they should only be able to go after them if they are making toys. Unfortunately our IP laws are so f**cked up that they will probably get away with this.

  2. timmus says:

    On the front page I couldn’t help noticing how the Barbie story was positioned just above the Barbie-esque blogger with the iPhone.

  3. gibsonic says:

    china strikes again! lead painted porn stars!…or something like that…

  4. MENDOZA!!!!! says:

    chinese pr0n train?

  5. Cowboys_fan says:

    They have to pay for product testing somehow.

  6. PORN = Wait, what?

    So no one named Barbie can have their name in their domain or on their web site in any way?

  7. RandomHookup says:

    They are also suing Playboy because Barbi Benton posed nude a couple of times back in the ’70s.

  8. tigerjade says:

    So, is it hypocritical to point out that the original idea for a Barbie doll came from a German anatomically-correct sex toy?

  9. speedwell (propagandist and secular snarkist) says:

    Next up: Mattel sues people who look like Barbie and makes them have plastic surgery.

  10. CumaeanSibyl says:

    If I manufactured a popular children’s toy, I wouldn’t want people using its name to advertise porn either. Just saying.

  11. Trai_Dep says:

    I’m now very chagrinned at the boyhood shannanigans I did with my sisters’ Barbies and my manly (boy-ee?) action figures. This is all my fault.

  12. laddibugg says:

    “Technically, they should only be able to go after them if they are making toys. Unfortunately our IP laws are so f**cked up that they will probably get away with this.”

    Well, they could be making toys. Just not ones children should be playing with

  13. Crazytree says:

    great rack on China Barbie.

    she was looking a bit haggard a few years ago, glad she got off the cock… er I mean COKE.

    ;)