Disney, Marvel and Lucasfilm have joined with Sanrio to stop a company from selling unlicensed cake frosting featuring their incredibly lucrative properties.
As first reported by THR, Esq., the entertainment giants filed a trademark- and copyright-infringement lawsuit against George and Danielle Wilson, whose Wilson Cake Imaging offers printed, edible frosting sheets and cake toppers depicting a wide range of characters and performers.
While the Wilsons' eBay store boasts, "I have 1000's of images in my data base," here the issue is clearly with the likes of Star Wars, the Avengers, Captain America, Spider-Man and Hello Kitty. “This case concerns the concerted, systematic and wholesale theft of various world-famous intellectual properties owned by Plaintiffs,” the complaint states.
According to the plaintiffs, the Wilsons disregarded a cease-and-desist letter, which led to the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court in California.
In addition to an injunction preventing the defendants from further infringement, they seek the seizure or destruction of any infringing materials, actual and/or statutory damages, and any profits the Wilsons may have made from the unlicensed products.