USA: Skippy to remain with Bestfoods, but Tibbetts gains moral victory
Following decades of angry words, embittered websites and legal wrangling, a district court judge in Virginia has finally ended all the Skippy shenanigans by ruling against US food giant Bestfoods on what has become a landmark case for free speech advocates.During the 1920s, Percy Crosby created Skippy, a cute tyke whose cartoon strip became hugely popular with its US audience. During the 1960s however, while Crosby was spending 16 years in a New York mental Hospital, Skippy was also revered as a revenue-perking trademark by a bankrupt peanut butter company, which was later acquired by Bestfoods. Since then, the artist's daughter, Joan Crosby Tibbetts, now 67 and president of
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