L.L. Bean Inc. v. Drake Publishers Inc.
C01.40547; 811 F.2d 26 (1987)
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
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Before Campbell, Chief Judge, Coffin and Bownes, Circuit Judges. BOWNES, Circuit Judge. Imitation may be the highest form of flattery, but plaintiff-appellee L.L. Bean, Inc. was neither flattered nor amused when High Society magazine published a prurient parody of Bean's famous catalog. Defendant-appellant Drake Publishers, Inc., owns High Society, a monthly periodical featuring adult erotic entertainment. Its October 1984 issue contained a two-page article entitled ""L.L. Beam's Back-To-School-Sex-Catalog."" (Emphasis added.) The article was labelled on the magazine's contents page as ""humor"" and ""parody."" The article displayed a facsimile of Bean's trademark and featured pictures of nude models in sexually explicit positions using ""products"" that were described in a crudely humorous fashion.
- Category: Law
- Published: Feb 10, 1987
- Publisher: LawApp Publishers
- Seller: Innodata Book Distribution Services Inc
- Print Length: 25 Pages
- Language: English