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BetteBack July 24, 1989: Midler Wins Ruling To Sue Ford Motor Company

Syracuse Herald Journal
July 24, 1989

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While many singers have recorded the song “Do You Want to Dance,” Bette Midler fans -would probably argue that nobody sings it the
way she does.

Midler won a ruling from a federal appeals court and plans to sue Ford Motor Co over a commercial in which a singer imitates her too well.’

The appeals court ruled that under California distinctive voice of a professional singer is widely known and is deliberately imitated m
order to sell a product, the sellers have appropriated what is not theirs.”

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