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So sang the Danish pop group Aqua. The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to reconsider the Ninth Circuit’s ruling that the group’s song was not likely to confuse consumers, handing Mattel an embarrassing defeat, as reported here. UPDATE (2/1/03): Barbie issues a statement on the ruling, via Dahlia Lithwick of Slate.
In related news, the media companies may be about to go after individual Kazaa users. Find out here whether you should be worried.
“Disturbed, Angelo Delgrande shot and wounded his parents and himself in a June 1995 dispute. He then received surgery at a Westchester County, N.Y. hospital. That night, he yanked the tubes and monitoring devices from his body, then leapt off the second story of an adjacent parking garage in a suicide bid. He is now paraplegic. Delgrande sued the hospital for failing to treat his depression and keep him indoors. Last October, he won $9 million.”
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