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Singer Toni Basil, best known for her 1982 hit “Mickey,” has filed to sue Disney, Viacom, VH1 and others for unauthorized use of her persona, image and voice.
The lengthy multi-claim filing states Basil was “not consulted, did not give written consent to the assignment or licensing of ‘Mickey.'” It further alleges that Basil’s “exclusive right to publicity has been damaged by the coupling with Mickey Mouse and the Disney brand.”
The bulk of Basil’s claim was aimed at Razor & Tie Direct who, according to the singer, obtained the rights to the song.
Also targeted by Basil are retail chain Forever 21, who used “Mickey” in a promotional video to promote a line of Disney clothing, and the Comedy Central hit South Park, which, according to the claim, used “Mickey” in a 2008 episode in which Basil’s “voice is synchronized to a scene in which South Park characters can be seen flipping over a police car with at least one character chanting, ‘Obama you’re so fine, you’re so fine you blow my mind, hey Obama, hey Obama.'”
Basil is claiming damages in excess of $25,000.
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