cease & desist letter #2 - Mattel v. Rotten
An archive of disturbing illustration

Part I. Cause

We registered matell.com (a name similar to, but not used by Mattel Toy Corporation) and pointed it to rotten.com's page. This did not sit well with Mattel, when unsuspecting people looking for pages about Barbie Dolls were finding decapitations and whatnot. And incredibly, Mattel was concerned customers would confuse our website with theirs!

Part II. Conclusion

Mattel agreed not to sue us if we handed the domain name to them. We should mention that such a suit would be without merit. From a legal standpoint, there is no overlap between what rotten.com does and Mattel, and thus no trademark issue. Unless they are expanding into markets which their mothers would not approve of.

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