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'N Sync Sued Over Puppets

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Jul 31, 2001 | 7:53am EDT

– As of Tuesday, boy band ‘N Sync has lost one very high-profile fan: Pufnstuf.

Sid & Marty Krofft Pictures, the creators of puppets and TV programs such as “H.R. Pufnstuff,” “Land of the Lost” and “The Bugaloos,” has filed a lawsuit against the band for copyright infringement. The suit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, also names the band’s manager, Johnny Write, and his merchandising consultant, Rick Barlowe.

According to the suit, Write contracted Marty Krofft to make 25-foot puppets of the band members for a performance. Krofft’s company made the puppets in 10 days and also registered his creations, making him sole owner and copyright holder of the puppets made in ‘N Sync’s likeness.

Now Krofft says that the band is illegally using similar puppets based on his creations in merchandise and promotional items without his consent. Krofft says there’s even an image of his puppets on the back cover of ‘N Sync’s latest album, “No Strings Attached.”

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