Rockabilly Barbie Sings the Blues

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Patricia Day, the lead singer of the HorrorPops (Danish band), recently filed a lawsuit against Mattel and Hard Rock Café International for violation of the right of publicity and false association (download a copy of the complaint here) over a Barbie doll released last year.

According to the complaint, Day is the lead singer of the HorrorPops, a “critically acclaimed and innovative pioneering band known for its unique brand of rockabilly music.” Last year Mattel released a series of rock-n-roll themed Barbie dolls that included named musicians, such as the “Debbie Harry Doll,” the “Joan Jett Doll,” and the “Cyndi Lauper Doll.” Day claims the final doll in the series, named the “Hard Rock Café Barbie Doll,” is based on her likeness, but “lacks any direct acknowledgement of the female musician - Patricia Day – whose likeness it appropriates.”

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