Barbie’s kinky reincarnation by English doll maker angered toy manufacturer Mattel, which has been producing wholesome versions of the shapely blond American icon for more than 40 years.
In a bid to end Barbie’s X-rated activities, Mattel took doll maker Susanne Pitt to court in New York, saying her sale of a “dungeon doll” made with the head of Superstar Barbie infringed its copyright.
But Judge Laura Taylor Swain, in a preliminary finding, ruled in favour of the S&M doll because she found it wasn’t “a market substitute for Barbie dolls.”
“To the court’s knowledge, there is no Mattel line of S&M Barbie,” the judge said.
Pitt, who defended herself, offered the dungeon doll for sale on a Web site, which she closed down
after Mattel launched its action last year.
She allegedly attached big breasted doll bodies of her own making to the head of Superstar Barbie and publicised the doll in a sexually explicit story on the Web site.