“No one can talk about my shop without my authorization!”

Author Lalie Walker and her editor are being sued by famous Parisian textile retailer “Marché St-Pierre” for using the store’s name in Ms. Walker’s new fiction, Aux malheurs des dames. The store claims that the Walker’s use denigrated its reputation (in the story, Marché St-Pierre is the scene of some crimes).

Says the director of the company (my translation): “This is a trademark ! This site is protected by Law ! No one can infringe on it and no one can talk about Marché Saint-Pierre without the authorization of the owner and director.” The owner wants the book removed from circulation and asks for 2 million euros reparation !1

  1. Xavier Méra – IP Gone Wild in France []