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Madonna Accused of 'Material Girl' Theft

8/19/2010 10:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A clothing company is taking legal action against Madonna, claiming the material girl has ripped off the "Material Girl" trademark.

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L.A. Triumph, Inc. claims in a new lawsuit it's been marketing "Material Girl" clothing since 1997, selling millions of bucks worth of threads under its trademark.

According to the documents, obtained by TMZ, Madonna, aka Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone, has jacked the name "Material Girl" for her junior clothing line Material Girl Brand -- which launched this year.

L.A. Triumph wants a declaration from a federal judge that Madonna's use of "Material Girl" creates "deception" in the marketplace. 

In addition to the declaration, L.A. Triumph wants the judge to order Madonna and her company to turn over all of the profits they've made from their clothing line.

We've called Madonna's rep.  So far, no comment.


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James    

Yeah but Madonna's nickname for decades has been "The Material Girl". Madonna even did a song called "Material Girl" back in 1985. Don't tell me Madonna never trademarked or copyrighted that name.

1524 days ago
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Brian    

Filing against Madonna was a big mistake by them. They very much risk losing the mark altogether.

1524 days ago
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Tired of toxomom    

Considering that Madonna sang Material Girl back in the 80's, they are going to have a hard time making their case.

Hopefully, she'll counter sue them for infringing on her trademark.

1524 days ago
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love    

lol you can't copyright a name!!

1524 days ago
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teebag    

Talk about a big can o' worms! Totally agree with the other posts here. The other company risks a huge counter-lawsuit. They would be hard-pressed to say THEY didn't rip HER off. Check out the model with all the bangles for instance. Hello! You can't tell me that Madonna wasn't the "inspiration" for that whole line. Talk about nerve. Go get 'em Madge!

1524 days ago
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namers    

love, you can trademark it tho.

Go Madge go!

1524 days ago
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Dubstep'n    

lol you can't copyright a name!!

Posted at 6:16 PM on Aug 19, 2010 by love

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This post did NOT mention copyright, you twit! They are talking about TRADEMARK! Learn to read.

1524 days ago
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ralph    

She failed to file against the clothiers when they wrongly used her hit song title in 1998. Strange, because they usually don't miss that type of thing. If the words "Material Girl" belong to anyone, it would be to Madonna.

1524 days ago
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Stupid People Hater    

Wow, big mistake on their part. How much of that money since 1997 is going to go to Madonna now? Seems she could counter sue to reclaim lost money as this company has obviously been profiting off of Madonna.

1524 days ago
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tj20    

LMAO they are going to lose this case because Madonna has sold material girl t'shirts in the 80's

1524 days ago
11.

Truth    

MADONNA HAS SOMETHING IN COMMON WITH BEYONCE. SWAGGER JACKERS!!!!

TRUTH.

1524 days ago
12.

koko    

What??? Right on, Madonna owns this! It has been her song and nome de guerre since the 80s! She has defined it, no one, but no one says "Material Girl" and doesn't think of Madonna! I think it is a cheap tactic by the stupid and unknown company (I never even heard of it before) just to try to ride Madonna's cottails! when I saw the advertising in NYC, even before I knew if was from Madonna, I knew it was her thing because the model evoques her 80s look and style with the cross! I hope Madonna teaches the stupid company a lesson and bankrupts them. Besides the legal risk, their tactic will backfire big time, she is American's material girl and people will buy her stuff and trash theirs.

1524 days ago
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LongJohn69    

Madonna who? The immaterial girl, that's who.

1524 days ago
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pcox    

I wonder if Madonna has a trademark on the name Material Girl? If so, the clothing line should get sued. Is this such a thing as a de facto trademark? Everybody knows "material girl" refers to Madonna. Her song even said, "I am the material girl."

1524 days ago
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Ginger    

Well I hope Madonna loses. She turned a generation of young girls into (rhymes with putzs.) If this other company has been using the name for years, then I'm going to bet they get to keep it. Madonna should have spoken up sooner.

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