COSTUME MANUFACTURER ENJOINED BY OWNERS OF TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
COSTUME MANUFACTURER ENJOINED BY OWNERS
OF TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- A federal district judge has enjoined California Costume Collections, a Los Angeles costume manufacturer, from producing costumes which imitate the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Mirage Studios, a Massachusetts partnership which owns the rights to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, filed suit against California Costumes Collections claiming that its "Turtle Patrol" costumes violate the Copyright Act and unfair competition laws by copying the Ninja Turtle characters. Like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the "Turtle Partol" costumes portray turtles wearing ninja- style elbow and knee ties, a broad black belt, and tied-on face mask. The preliminary injunction order, signed by United States District Court, Judge Harry L. Hupp, bans California Costume Collections from manufacturing or distributing turtle costumes which include ninja characteristics, pending the outcome of the suit. The order also prohibits the use of packaging which features ninja weaponry.
Los Angeles attorney Amy D. Hogue of Pillsbury Madison & Sutro, who represents Mirage Studios, described the case as one of several actions filed locally to enforce Mirage's rights to the Turtles, and part of a global effort to prevent unauthorized copying. According to Hogue, "these characters are unique and are fully protected by copyright laws from competitors who neither created nor have licenses to reproduce the characters."
The action against California Costume Collections seeks to recover any and all profits made in the unauthorized sale of the costumes as well as treble damages for willful infringement. No date has been set by the court for trial.
/CONTACT: Amy D. Hogue of Pillsbury Madison & Sutro for Mirage Studios, 213-488-7226/ CO: Mirage Studios, California Costume Collections ST: California IN: ENT SU: JL -- SF007 -- 4728 11/18/91 20:01 EST