March 26, 2017

“Twilight” lawsuit sure smells funny, dreamy


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Do the “Twilight” producers have the rights to every single use of the word from now until eternity? They do know that the descriptive term existed long before Edward Cullen walked his fictional earth (and Stephenie Meyer committed him to the page)?

That’s what Bath & Body Works is claiming in a lawsuit aimed at Summit Entertainment — distributor of the “Twilight” films – after the studio claimed the store’s “Twilight Woods” line of lotions, shower gels and other products doesn’t infringe the “Twilight” trademark.

“The term ‘Twilight’ is used so as to evoke the idea of a particular time of day when the sun is just below the horizon, illuminating the landscape,” the lawsuit says, according to THR. “Whereas defendant uses the term ‘Twilight’ to refer to defendant’s teen vampire saga.”

But THR says what’s really in question is the design of the Bath & Body Works products, which “allegedly rip off the design and color palate of ‘Twilight’ promo materials.”

Smells like trouble. Dreamy, vampire trouble. Bath & Body Works has filed suit in federal court in Manhattan, so we’ll see what happens. Can they call Kristen Stewart or Robert Pattinson as star witnesses?

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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