EFF Takes On Purple Dinosaur

When Stuart Frankel, a New York computer repair technician, created a parody of the famous purple dinosaur Barney on his Web site, he thought it was all fun and games. However, the company behind iconic kids' character, Lyons Partnership, was less than amused.

After Lyons sent Frankel several cease-and-desist letters asking him to shut down his site and accusing him of violating copyright and trademark laws, Frankel turned to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) for help. The EFF filed suit against Lyons, claiming that Frankel's parody was a noninfringing fair use protected by the First Amendment.

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