Disney settles Pixar 'Luxo, Jr.' lamp case
10:50 AM PST 11/4/2009 by Eriq Gardner
The character was created Luxo, Jr." The short earned an Academy Award nomination, and the character has become an iconic mascot for the studio ever since.
But two months ago, trouble broke out after Disney began selling limited-edition "Luxo Jr." lamps packaged with a Blu-ray version of "Up." There also is a six-foot animatronic version of the lamp at Walt Disney World.
Norwegian lamp-producing giant Luxo AS wasn't exactly turned on Luxo sued Disney for trademark infringement. saying the sale of Pixar lamps would "cause devastating damage to Luxo and dilute the goodwill which Luxo has built up."
Fortunately, Pixar won't have to turn off the lights on its famous character.
We've learned that the parties have reach an amicable settlement and the lawsuit has been withdrawn. Disney will stay out of the lighting business, and for now we hear that Luxo doesn't have any problem with "artistic renditions" of the lamp.
Pixar may be off the hook — but what about Luxo, Jr.?
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