MasterCard's "Priceless" Format OK For Political Parodies, Judge Rules

Law360, New York (March 15, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal judge in Manhattan has ruled for Ralph Nader in MasterCard International’s trademark lawsuit against the presidential candidate and consumer advocate.

Last week, MasterCard’s lawsuit was dismissed by Judge George B. Daniels in the U.S. District Court for the District of Southern New York, who ruled that the political advertisement was a parody that did not infringe on Mastercard's trademark and copyright.

In his ruling, the judge wrote that the ad "was used only for political purposes and didn't confuse viewers," and that "parody is...
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