JUDGE REJECTS 'HARRY AND LOUISE' SUIT

Characters Can Appear in Ads for Pro-Cloning Group

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WASHINGTON (AdAge.com) -- A federal judge Thursday rejected a lawsuit that sought to bar the use of the "Harry and Louise" characters in a recent ad campaign.

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Association of America attempted to block its former ad agency, Goddard Claussen, now called Goddard Claussen Porter Novelli, from using the characters in a new campaign for a different client.

Judge Reggie B. Walton questioned whether there was "clear" evidence that the health group owned a copyright to the characters.

Spots featuring Harry and Louise were created for the association eight years ago by Goddard Claussen to oppose the Clinton health-care plan. The characters reappeared in ads for CuresNow Action warning about congressional attempts to ban cloning research.

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