It’s often said that while good artists borrow, great artists steal. But if you are a total knock-off, you better brace yourself for a big fat lawsuit …
This is exactly what happened when the 1990s TV-show host Elvira was sued by her biggest influence, the less successful glamour ghoul Vampira, who was the first ever female horror host back in the 1950s.
When two feisty vampires go at it, you can normally count on blood, but the case was in fact dismissed pretty much off the bat.
Vampira – less known by her real name Maila Nurmi – perhaps forgot that she herself took most of her gothic persona from another horror hottie: Morticia Addams of The Addams Family.
The lesson here is to never wing it when it comes to your brand personality and name. If you step to close to someone else’s crypt, they’ll try to suck your business dry. And not everyone gets away easy like Elvira.