In a 133-page complaint filed by famed Pennsylvania attorney Francis Malofiy, Furry Puppet admits that the company was hired by Rubrik House to create puppets for use in the band’s video.But, according to the company, Fall Out Boy’s “limited implied license” did not extend beyond that project.
Fall Out Boy has since used the puppets as branding for merchandise, brought the puppets onstage at concerts and television appearances and used the puppets to promote their Llamania EP released last February.
The complaint, which names 15 additional defendants including Universal Music Group, Inc., Sony Music Entertainment and the individual band members, also argues that the band is wrongly claiming to be the joint creator of the puppets.
Furry Puppet Studio Inc. is suing the band for copyright infringement, breach of contract, unjust enrichment and other counts. The company is seeking damages and to stop Fall Out Boy from using the llama puppets in their marketing material.
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