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CINAR Settles Wimzie Lawsuit

CINAR Corporation, makers of ARTHUR and THE BUSY WORLD OF RICHARD SCARRY,

have settled the lawsuit filed last year against them by the Jim Henson

Company. The lawsuit claimed that CINAR's WIMZIE'S HOUSE features puppets

that violate Jim Henson's copyright and trademark rights on their puppets.

In the settlement, CINAR and its licensees Eden LLC and Carson-Dellose

Publishing Company denied and continue to deny wrongdoing or liability for

infringement. The agreement, the terms of which are confidential, allows

for CINAR to continue distributing WIMZIE'S HOUSE and selling the series'

merchandise. The settlement also provides a mechanism for preserving the

distinctive look of Jim Henson's Muppets in CINAR's future productions.

Broadcast on PBS, the U.S. public broadcasting station, the preschool show

follows the adventures of Wimzie and the unique home daycare called

Wimzie's House. Ronald A. Weinberg, president and CEO of CINAR said, "We

are delighted that it's been settled and that the agreement leaves an open

door between the two companies."

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