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#1 Posted on 30.4.03 0449.14
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from http://www.gamespot.com/dreamcast/puzzle/spacechannel5part2/news_6025971.html

Lady Miss Kier files a lawsuit against Sega over the likeness of its Ulala character.

According to Rolling Stone, Deee-lite's Lady Miss Kier (Kierin Kirby) has filed a lawsuit against Sega due to similarities between the Space Channel 5 character Ulala and the singer. The lawsuit alleges that many of Ulala's characteristics (ranging from her makeup and knee-high boots to her miniskirts and "cute" backpacks) are similar to those of Lady Miss Kier, resulting in misappropriation of likeness, unfair competition, unjust enrichment, and more. The lawsuit also states that audiences will most likely be confused, if they haven't been so already, as a result of the similarities between the two.


ok...did anyone here play the game, and if you did, did you actually think "Hey, that Deee-lite chick has her own game!"?

i never played the game, but i'm looking for screen shots to see what they're talking about...
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#2 Posted on 30.4.03 0639.28
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Here's the offending character...

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...and here's the band. I'm thinking "Pffft...kinda, I guess..."

(edited by A-MOL on 30.4.03 1242)
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#3 Posted on 30.4.03 0804.39
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I'm wondering why this is just happening now. Space Channel 5 came out like 4 years ago, right? And Dee-Lite hasn't even put out new album since 1996! What the hell is wrong with people?
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#4 Posted on 30.4.03 1158.59
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I think the main problem is that Sega had contacted Lady Miss Kier about using her likeness, and she turned them down. So they made up a knock off, and she's claiming that the knock off isn't off enough. Not that I see enough similarities in those two pictures, but I guess the judge will decide that.
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#5 Posted on 30.4.03 1415.40
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Switching gears a bit, thanks for the Ulala pic A-MOL. :)
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#6 Posted on 30.4.03 1502.52
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"The Very Best of Dee-Lite"? Really? Did they have anything besides "Groove is in the Heart"?
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#7 Posted on 30.4.03 1503.56
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    Originally posted by Toast Jr
    I'm wondering why this is just happening now. Space Channel 5 came out like 4 years ago, right? And Dee-Lite hasn't even put out new album since 1996! What the hell is wrong with people?


Obviously, The Groove is no longer in her heart...
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#8 Posted on 30.4.03 1534.18
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See, there's nothing wrong with Lady Miss Kier, but if they'd based the main character around BOOTSY~! instead, even I would've bought it.
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#9 Posted on 1.5.03 0416.25
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    Originally posted by Battlezone
    "The Very Best of Dee-Lite"? Really? Did they have anything besides "Groove is in the Heart"?
You mean you don't remember "I Dreamed I Was Falling Thru A Hole In The Ozone Layer?"

(edited by CRZ on 1.5.03 0216)
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#10 Posted on 1.5.03 0625.51
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    Originally posted by MollyFan2K2
    Switching gears a bit, thanks for the Ulala pic A-MOL. :)


Not a problem. I just had to contact a few sources COUGHfrogCOUGH.

Sorry, I had a Google in the throat.
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#11 Posted on 1.5.03 0734.24
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    Originally posted by Toast Jr
    I'm wondering why this is just happening now. Space Channel 5 came out like 4 years ago, right? And Dee-Lite hasn't even put out new album since 1996! What the hell is wrong with people?


She's probably just coming out of a K-hole now.

That said, the whole "World Clique" album holds up, unlike most other stuff from that era.
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#12 Posted on 2.5.03 0218.17
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So I own both the first game and the Japanese sequel from last year, and never once did I think Deee-lite chick. Even thinking about it now I still don't really see it. Yeah sure, they both sport the retro platforms, but a lot of the characters and the game as a whole have a retro 60's/futuristic look/theme. Next thing you know Hanna-Barbera's gonna sue them too for similarities to The Jetsons.
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#13 Posted on 2.5.03 0722.19
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    Originally posted by CRZ
      Originally posted by Battlezone
      "The Very Best of Dee-Lite"? Really? Did they have anything besides "Groove is in the Heart"?
    You mean you don't remember "I Dreamed I Was Falling Thru A Hole In The Ozone Layer?"

    (edited by CRZ on 1.5.03 0216)



Didn't they do a stirring rendition of 'The Power of Love' as well?

I'd be surprised if their greatest hits wasnt a double CD.
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#14 Posted on 2.5.03 0815.57
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What about the old wrestling games without licences that always had a blond, mustachioed muscle man and a giant with a brown singlet? Could Hogan, Andre's family and the WWE sue? And what about unlicenced sports games, like soccer games with D.Brackem and Rolando as players?
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#15 Posted on 2.5.03 1042.05
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Actually when I first saw the name of this thread the first thing I thought of was Space Channel 5, if only because the character has "that look" and not because she looks like the Lady Miss Kier.

Also, note the character name is "Ulala," which could be construed as stolen from (or "inspired by") the "Oooooh la la, la la-la-la-la la" line from "Groove Is in the Heart."

That same character (or another one Sega created that looked exactly like her) was going to be an animated news reader for a pilot that MTV News was working on around the same time. I remember thinking then that they were about 8 years too late with that idea ...
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#16 Posted on 2.5.03 1424.28
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    Originally posted by bitchfactor
    Also, note the character name is "Ulala," which could be construed as stolen from (or "inspired by") the "Oooooh la la, la la-la-la-la la" line from "Groove Is in the Heart."
Are you serious?

(Actually although that line was in the VIDEO, that line is actually a vocal from "What Is Love?")

(To learn MORE about Deee-Lite, consult your local library!)
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#17 Posted on 2.5.03 1425.54
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I was serious! And I must also be wrong. C'mere, have a smooch. :-*
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