Ben & Jerry's sues over porn copycats

NEW YORK Wed Sep 5, 2012 8:27pm EDT

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ben & Jerry's has sued a maker of pornographic DVDs for allegedly infringing the names of its ice cream flavors with a movie series called "Ben & Cherry's."

The company changed some of Ben & Jerry's best-known ice cream flavors into titles for its movies, according to a complaint filed by Ben & Jerry's, a subsidiary of Unilever NV, on Wednesday in Manhattan federal court.

For instance, "Boston Cream Pie" became "Boston Cream Thighs," "Chocolate Fudge Brownie" was changed to "Chocolate Fudge Babes," and "Peanut Butter Cup" became "Peanut Butter D-Cups," the lawsuit said.

The DVD jackets also mimic the packaging of Ben & Jerry's ice cream products, according to the lawsuit. Ben & Jerry's is asking the court to stop the company, Rodax Distributors Inc, from making or selling movies that infringe its trademarks. It is also seeking monetary damages.

Rodax Distributors, a California-based company that makes and sells adult movies and products, did not immediately return a call for comment Wednesday evening.

(Reporting by Jessica Dye; Editing by Gary Hill)

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Comments (5)
Screw Ben & Jerry’s. They ruined my local dairy, buying it to use as a manufacturing and distribution entry-point into Canada and neglecting the original product. They tanked in this country and our dairy never recovered.

Sep 06, 2012 1:15am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Dej wrote:
Oh the irony! Ben and Jerry have no problem stealing othe people’s names without permission… names like Cherry Garcia; but when it is their precious brand they want to sue.

Sep 06, 2012 9:44am EDT  --  Report as abuse
SilentBoy741 wrote:
Ironically, their worst-selling DVD? “Chubby Hubbies”.

Sep 06, 2012 4:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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