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You look just like my Barbie Doll! AKA, can I get sued?

Postby Fantasy » Sun May 07, 2017 2:16 pm

I am writing a story with a character that used to be a Barbie Doll that has come to life; the character doesn't know she was ever a barbie doll but does answer to the name given by her former owner. "Hey, you're my Barbie Doll!" is not a main character but will pop up in the story a few times.

She's not part of the title, either. The title of the story is Wish; it's about a little girl that gets transported to a magical kingdom and wakes up as a princess. Her Teddy Bear (King Guk) makes an appearance as a Knight in Shining Armor as does her Barbie Doll (Barbie). A Maiden in Shining Armor, so to speak, Barbie helps our main character try to get home.

I haven't decided if she does, actually, get home or not. The characters haven't divulged that information to me yet.

Do I have a concern that I will be sued by Mattel?

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Re: You look just like my Barbie Doll! AKA, can I get sued?

Postby ostarella » Sun May 07, 2017 3:59 pm

Not a lawyer, but yeah, I think you'd be in pretty big trouble if you didn't have Mattel's permission to use their trademarks in your story. It'd be different if a character told another character she looked like a Barbie doll - but to use a Barbie doll as a character almost definitely not a good idea. I wouldn't think, based on your scenario, that specifying any brand name would really be necessary. As long the reader knows it's a former doll, the story arc shouldn't change.
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Re: You look just like my Barbie Doll! AKA, can I get sued?

Postby Fantasy » Sun May 07, 2017 4:01 pm

Please allow me to clarify, as I think my question has clouded my... question. It's a full sized woman that looks like her Barbie Doll. Not the barbie doll itself.

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Re: You look just like my Barbie Doll! AKA, can I get sued?

Postby ostarella » Sun May 07, 2017 5:31 pm

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Re: You look just like my Barbie Doll! AKA, can I get sued?

Postby Fantasy » Sun May 07, 2017 5:48 pm

Awesome, thanks!


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