*NSYNC’S SORRY TOY STORY

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*NSYNC are being sued for copyright infringement by puppet makers over part of a stage set used by the band at an awards show in January 2000.

Sid & Marty Krofft Pictures, the creators of ’60s/’70s cult US children’s shows such as ‘H.R. Pufnstuf, Land of the Lost’ and ‘The Bugaloos’, were hired by *NSYNC to construct 25-foot models of each band member for use during their performance of ‘Bye Bye Bye’ at the American Music Awards in January 2000. Pictures of the models went on to appear in show programmes and on tour merchandise for *NSYNC’s subsequent ‘No Strings Attached’ tour. Krofft are alleging this breaches copyright as only they hold the copyright for the puppets and only they have the right to okay any reproduction.

The suit, filed on Tuesday (November 28) in U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Western Division states: “Beginning in the spring of 2000, defendants (without Kroffts’ knowledge and consent) created, or authorised the creation of, derivative works based on the copyrighted Krofft Puppets owned by Krofft… Only the copyright holder, Krofft, has the right to create a derivative work based on the copyrighted Krofft Puppets. The *NSYNC souvenir program is an unauthorised derivative work based on the Krofft Puppets.”

It also states that following an informal chat between Krofft and the band’s manager Johnny Wright, Krofft believed they were “in” on any merchandising profit.

Krofft are seeking 10 per cent of all monies received from sales of the tour programme and any other merchandise that bears the image of the Krofft Puppets.