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Universal Must Face King Cake Baby Copyright Infringement Claims

Oct. 22, 2020, 7:19 PM

A jury could find that a cartoon baby-face mask in Universal City Studios LLC‘s film “Happy Death Day” and its sequel “Happy Death Day 2U” infringes an artist’s copyright in his “King Cake Baby” design, a New Orleans federal court said.

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana rejected Universal’s attempt to escape the case before trial on Wednesday, ruling that a reasonable person could find the designs are substantially similar.

Jonathan Bertuccelli created an image of a baby that resembles the figurine found inside New Orleans’ Mardi Gras king cakes. Bertuccelli’s design is used as ...