Judge: Madonna doesn't own 'Material Girl' name
September 8th, 2011
03:22 PM ET

Judge: Madonna doesn't own 'Material Girl' name

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?

soundoff (21 Responses)


    September 22, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Terribla

    Express Yourself with Hydrangeas!

    September 11, 2011 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  3. Elvin Matos

    Can't she just add an "s" and make it Material Girls? Or would they sue her again because it might "confuse" consumers?

    September 9, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. FIX IN TX

    Copywriting a song doesn't equal trademarking a name. Just because Madonna's song "Material Girl" came out in the 80's doesn't give her exclusive rights to the name. One would think that her high dollar attorneys {sp?} would have checked for any possible trademark infringements. That only goes to prove that her attorneys are as stupid as she is. Somebody please send her some hydrageas to hide her hideous face as she cries away millions!

    September 9, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. Connie T

    She should call it You Go Girl clothes.

    September 9, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    She should name it, Look "like a virgin". Lol

    September 8, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CatMicki

    She should name it "Hydrangeas" hehehhe

    September 8, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Fitz

    How about Clothing made for rich, yuppy teens that have nothing better to do but shop, and waste money on clothes that that cost more than one years salary for the person who made it!!!! Or Crap, would be good too!

    September 8, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Anomic Office Drone

    My condolences to Madonna. I'll have some hydrangeas sent over post-haste.

    September 8, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MadCityBabe

    how about..........."Just Go Away"

    September 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tracie

    or doodoo. I was firsty but they deleted my humorous post. It was an extra good one.

    September 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jujubeans

    How about "Middle Aged Tramp"

    September 8, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mia in California

    How about "Borderline" for the clothing line? It also addresses the immigrant problem we have here. Why not kill two birds with one stone?

    September 8, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Richard Fore

    I can't think of a better way to spend the day than listening to Madonna and doin your mama. Uh Uh Uh Uhgggg

    September 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. pinto


    September 8, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  16. firsty

    I already got a job. I got to keep the basement all clean and cut grass. Room and grub is free plus 25 smackers a week ! I got it made baby. Got it made !

    September 8, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Denephew

    yeah. poop is funny. everyone enjoys a good doodie joke now and again.

    September 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Pliny

    A combo if 'firsty' and 'poop'.

    Tell ya what....just get an application to Burger King....and try not to think of the long, slow, humiliating march-towards-the-grave, that defines the rest of your looser life.

    September 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  19. firsty

    inhale deeeply. enjoy the aroma.

    September 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |

Post a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

About this blog

Our daily cheat-sheet for breaking celebrity news, Hollywood buzz and your pop-culture obsessions.