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Mattel, Inc. v. Goldberger Doll Manufacturing Co.
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
365 F.3d 133 (2004)
Mattel, Inc. (plaintiff) was the creator of the world-famous Barbie doll and owned all rights therein. Radio City Entertainment (defendant) operated the Radio City Music Hall theater in New York City, which featured the renowned Rockettes chorus line. To celebrate the millennium, Radio City created a doll called the Rockettes 2000 doll. Mattel brought suit alleging that Radio City infringed its copyrights by copying facial features from its Barbie dolls in designing the Rockette doll. The district court granted Radio City’s motion for summary judgment. The court assumed for the purposes of the summary-judgment motion that Radio City had copied the Rockette doll’s eyes, nose, and mouth from Barbie but concluded that such features were not protected by copyright. The court concluded after comparing the other features of the respective dolls that there was no substantial similarity and entered summary judgment for Radio City. Mattel appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Leval, J.)
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