IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update For Motion Picture Studios And Television Networks - November 23, 2011

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•Belair v. MGA Entertainment

Belair v. MGA Entertainment, USDC S.D. New York, November 16, 2011

•District court grants summary judgment in favor of defendant, manufacturer of Bratz dolls, finding that no jury could reasonably find that elements of defendant’s dolls were substantially similar to the protectable elements of plaintiff photographer’s copyrighted image.

Plaintiff photographer Bernard Belair brought suit against defendant MGA Entertainment, Inc., alleging that MGA's Bratz line of dolls unlawfully infringed on a copyrighted image that he created for a Steve Madden shoe advertisement. The court granted MGA’s motion for summary judgment, finding that no reasonable trier of fact could find that any of the Bratz dolls are substantially similar to the figures depicted in Belair's copyrighted image.

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