Madonna escapes Semtex lawsuit

Madonna can breathe a sigh of relief after a Czech explosives firm cancelled plans to sue her for copyright infringement.

The pop queen angered Explosia after creating a limited company in the UK called Semtex Girls Ltd - using the same name as the firm's most famous product.

The company claimed to own the international rights to the name, which it estimated to be worth $5.25m (€4.3m) - but has axed plans for a costly court case.

Director Ladislav Lehky says: "Madonna uses the name for pure promotional purposes. We can't really prove that we suffer a loss from that."

Madonna has yet to reveal what purpose Semtex Girls Ltd serves, only that it was named after a nickname she gives her three assistants.

She said: "The Semtex Girl is a girl who is dynamic, a girl who explodes, who doesn't know the meaning of nine to five, a girl who is unstoppable and who doesn't take no for an answer. And has excellent taste.

"Guys can be Semtex Girls too."

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