September 8th, 2011
03:22 PM ET
She may have sung the 1985 song, and she may have launched the Macy’s clothing line, but Madonna does NOT own the trademark to “Material Girl,” according to Billboard.
Last year, Madge teamed up with Macy’s to create a teen apparel line (with daughter Lourdes Leon) called Material Girl. But a clothing company who trademarked the name in 1997 had to come along and cramp Madonna’s style – they sued the pop star for infringement.
Madonna and her company, Material Girl Brand, have been fighting the lawsuit, claiming the entertainer is the Material Girl.
But this week, a judge ruled in favor of the trademark holder, retailer LA Triumph … and against Madonna. Turns out “[T]he singing of a song does not create a trademark.” Oh, snap!
"Defendants' argument that Madonna created the 'Material Girl' mark through her performances fails as a matter of law," California Judge S. James Otero wrote in his decision.
LA Triumph has been selling "Material Girl" clothing since they registered the trademark in 1997, and the ruling might force Madonna to pick a new name for her line.
What other song title do you think Madge could use?
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