Disney, DC Comics, Sanrio Sue Party Biz Over Character IP

Law360, New York (September 4, 2012, 12:56 PM EDT) -- A unit of The Walt Disney Co., Sanrio Co. Ltd. and DC Comics last week filed a trademark and copyright infringement suit in California federal court alleging that a business offering birthday party entertainment uses infringing character costumes.

The suit — filed Aug. 27 by Disney Enterprises Inc., Time Warner Inc.-owned DC Comics and Sanrio, known for its Hello Kitty character — alleges that Party Animals and owner Jason Lancaster use and rent costumes resembling several of the companies' characters, and incorporate incorporate logos, that are...
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