The hits just keep on coming. This is the most important pro-Artist legal decision to come down the pike in a long frickin’ time.
U.S. District judge Ronald Lew, in a written ruling, said Mattel had forced Artist Tom Forsythe into a costly court battle.
“There was little risk of consumer confusion … Defendant’s parodic intent was clear,” he wrote.
Forsythe said the ruling “sets a new standard for the ability to criticize popular brands and do so without the fear of being sued.”
“I wasn’t expecting this work to even be that controversial. It started out as a riff on plasticization, on crass consumerism, but when I started to work with the doll I added the dimension of the impossible beauty myth,” Forsythe told Reuters.