Pepsi Insists Janelle Monae Super Bowl Ad Was All Pepsi

Law360 (April 2, 2019, 5:36 PM EDT) -- Pepsi is pushing for a quick end to a suit in New York federal court alleging it stole elements of a Connecticut advertising agency's pitch for the company's 2016 Super Bowl commercial featuring Janelle Monae.

Rather than being stolen from Betty Inc., the ad was an homage to an old Pepsi commercial starring Britney Spears called "Now and Then" that aired during the 2001 Super Bowl, Pepsi told the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York on Monday.

"It is ironic that Betty accuses Pepsi of infringement, considering that it was Pepsi that popularized the music-through-the-ages commercial with...

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