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Jeweler Thinks Better of Suing Julia Roberts for Using His Slogan in Upcoming Movie

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It seems the producers pulled it out of his commercial.

When Don Hoffman, the owner of Airport Plaza Jewelers, discovered that his copyrighted slogan was being used in an upcoming movie called “Mother’s Day” starring Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston, he wondered if he had any legal recourse, as Buffalo Business First explains. The article describes a 30-second TV ad promoting the movie, “where Roberts plays a pitch person for a jewelry home shopping network, shows her holding a mannequin’s arm loaded with jewelry while saying ‘it won’t cost you an arm and a leg.’” – a phrase that’s very similar to one used in a television ad campaign that Hoffman created in 2003.

Hoffman, the article says, asked a local intellectual property attorney if there was any legal action he could take, and the attorney determined that he didn’t have enough cause to file a lawsuit. “I’ve been successful as a jeweler, but I didn’t think I’d have enough resources to take on Hollywood producers and some if its biggest stars,” he said. “Somehow I don’t think Julia Roberts would be losing sleep.” He could, however, collect licensing fees from other jewelers who used the phrase in their advertising, the attorney says.

Read more at Buffalo Business First

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