Score one for freedom of speech!
From Copyfight comes word that Mattel has lost its trademark case against Thomas Forsythe, an artist who used Barbie dolls in a series of photos. The Ninth circuit court called one claim “completely without merit” and noted it “would lead to absurd results”. The court found it “objectively unreasonable that [Mattel] argued otherwise”. Best of all, the court recognized that Mattel’s suit was frivolous, awarding the artist $241,797.09 plus $1,584,089 to cover legal fees. The decision is available on-line thanks to Copyfight.