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Sunday, 14 March 2004

FRENCH ALLOW DISNEY TO KEEP CLOWNING AROUND

According to the BBC a French author has lost his trade mark claim against Disney. Franck le Calvez, author of Pierrot The Clown Fish had said that the title character of Disney’s Finding Nemo, a clownfish called Nemo, resembled the title character in his story and sought to rely on his 1995 registration with the French trade mark office. However, Judge Louis-Marie Raingeard de la Bletiere found that though both fishy protagonists had big smiles and three stripes down their sides, people were unlikely to confuse them. Nevertheles, Le Calvez is planning to bring a copyright action against Disney and Pixar.

The IPKat suspects that the copyright claim is where all the real action will be. The French extend a very broad measure of protection to authors and artists under their droit d'auteur (copyright) laws. Additionally, the degree of similarity which is needed to support an action for copyright infringement is q good deal less than that needed to succeed in an action for trade mark infringement.

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