ARCHIE VS. VERONICA

A comic book publisher said Tuesday it was dropping its efforts to shut down the Website of 22-month-old Veronica Sams over alleged trademark infringement. The little girl’s site, http://www.veronica.org, incurred the wrath of Archie Comic Book Publications, because the company claims it has a copyright on the name Veronica, a character in its “Archie” comic strip. (Her Website is at http://www.veronica.com.) Veronica Sams’ Web site was established by her father, David Sams of Los Angeles, to celebrate her birth in 1997. It features two photos of Veronica, one of her in a bathtub and the other in a high chair with food smeared all over her face. After being assured by Sams that the most explicit thing on veronica.org would be the bathtub shot, the company dropped its threat to take Veronica to court.

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