Mariah Carey vs. Mary Carey Trademark Battle Heats Up
R&B star Mariah Carey and her team of lawyers are trying to thwart porn star Mary Carey from trademarking her similar-sounding stage name. Carey and her team of lawyers believe that fans may confuse her with the X-rated Mary Carey, star of such films as "Double Air Bags 11" and "Boobsville Sorority Girls," not to mention a former candidate for California governor against Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The adult film actress, whose real name is Mary Cook, said on Friday that she would not be intimidated by the international superstar and will press forward with her trademark application.
"I'm ready to battle Mariah over this because I've been Mary Carey for a long time," the XXX actress told Reuters. "It's kind of funny because I'm a porn star and I've been being myself for a long time. I think she's being silly."
In October, a lawyer for Mariah Carey sent a letter to Mary Carey's reps threatening legal action if she (Mary) did not withdraw her trademark application.
According to Billboard.com, the letter from Mariah?s attorney Robert Becker said Mary Carey and Mariah Carey share the identical surname and have first names that are very similar. And in part because the porn star was seeking the trademark for audio and video recordings, he said, "Confusion between your client and her ?Mary Carey? trademark and our client and its ?Mariah Carey? trademark is therefore likely."
Becker also demanded that Mary Carey use the name for "adult entertainment" purposes only, and that she not sing or perform music.
David Beitchman, a lawyer for Mary Carey, said he believed Mariah Carey stood little chance of winning. "My first thought was, does Mariah Carey realize what her lawyer is comparing her to and are they seriously concerned?" Beitchman said. "Do they seriously think the fans are going to be confused?"