A judge told Mattel and Aqua that they needed to ‘chill’
When a judge dismissed Mattel’s lawsuit against Aqua over their 1997 song, “Barbie Girl,” he said, “The parties are advised to chill.” The hit song had sexual overtones that Mattel claimed had damaged the Barbie brand’s reputation. The judge upheld that the song fell within the noncommercial use exemption to the Federal Trademark Dilution Act. The song was a number one hit in the United Kingdom for four weeks and in Australia for three weeks. It even made the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. Aqua, a Danish group, disbanded finally in 2001.