Cuff 'Em! Quileute Tribe Sues Over Quileute-Branded 'Twilight' Merch
The Quileute Tribe is suing a manufacturer of movie collectibles over products that have been sold to fans of the Twilight films using the Tribe's name.
The trinkets include the Quileute Metal Cuff, Quileute Leather Wrap Bracelet, Quileute Hoop Dangle Earrings, and Quileute Tribe Pendant/Choker. The Quileute feature in the popular (and obviously fictional) series of vampire films as the Tribe of the character Jacob Black, played by Taylor Lautner.
In a complaint filed March 28, the Quileute Tribe has accused the National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) of violating the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, which was established to protect the integrity of Indian Tribal names as brands. The gist of it is, if you are selling Navajo necklace -- or, if you're Urban Outfitters, Navajo panties -- it had better have been made by a Navajo.
In this case, the Quileute Tribe is demanding NECA cease using the Quileute name in connection with its products, and is seeking monetary recompense for damages to the Tribe's integrity and livelihood. To read the full complaint, visit TurtleTalk.
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