Sesame Street loses lawsuit against R-rated puppet movie makers

2018-05-31 12:56
 
The Happytime Murders

New York  — A judge in New York has ruled against the makers of Sesame Street in a dispute with the distributor of the upcoming Melissa McCarthy movie, The Happytime Murders.

U.S. District Judge Vernon Broderick ruled on Wednesday that distributor STX Productions can continue to use the tagline "No sesame. All street" in promoting the R-rated film, which features Muppet-like puppets in a comedic crime story.

Sesame Workshop sued last week, seeking to end the inclusion of the tagline in promotional materials ahead of the film's 17 August release. The company argued the public would be confused and think the movie was supported by "Sesame Street."

The judge heard oral arguments before issuing his ruling. He says Sesame Workshop didn't demonstrate that moviegoers were confused or that sponsors or parents were complaining.

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