Court rules in favor of Frida Kahlo heiresses

According to official documents, Mara Cristina Teresa Romeo Pineda and Mara de Anda Romero are “the exclusive owners of all succession rights, trademarks, and copyrights"

Court rules in favor of Frida Kahlo heiresses
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English 19/04/2018 15:54 Newsroom Mexico City Actualizada 16:01

The Superior Court of Justice of Mexico City ruled in favor of the heiresses of Frida Kahlo in their legal dispute against The Frida Kahlo Corporation over the use of the Mexican painter's likeness for a Barbie doll.

According to an official document, the court has ordered Mattel and The Frida Kahlo Corporation to refrain from executing “any commercial activity pursuant to the fulfillment of the corporate purpose of The Frida Kahlo Corporation.”
 

The Court has also requested they avoid using the brand, image, signature, and portrait of Frida Kahlo, as well as any product containing the likeness or image of the artist.

The official document details that all actions performed regarding the Mexican painter shall have the consent of Frikahlo de México S.A. de C.V., that is, of Mara Cristina Teresa Romeo Pineda, universal heiress of Isolda Pinedo Kahlo, and Mara de Anda Romero.
Pursuant to the document, Mara Cristina Teresa Romeo Pineda and Mara de Anda Romero are “the exclusive and only owners of all succession rights, trademarks, and copyrights comprised by the Frida Kahlo denomination, pseudonyms, signature, and portrait of Frida Kahlo.”

It was in early March when Mattel announced they had plans of launching a Frida Kahlo Barbie doll “for being an icon of struggle and perseverance.”
 

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