Barbie-art

Several designers such as Margaux Lange (upper left) and Max Beets (following photo) make jewelry of Barbies, such as eyes, arms and legs. Photographer Mariel Clayton uses Barbie as subject on her photo’s (last photo).

Mattel will not be very pleased with this sort of art. But can they oppose this sort of use, for example based on copyrights or design rights?

This is of course an interesting question. As the overall impression of the jewelry is rather different compared with the Barbie, we feel that objecting the jewelry might be difficult. The photographs on the other hand show a whole Barbie in a shocking context. One can say that these photo’s are somewhat detriment to the image of Barbie.

MarkMatters.com is curious about the opinion of the readers of this blog: what do you think and what would be a good argument?

 

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