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When Carter Bryant began designing what would become the billion-dollar line of Bratz dolls, he was taking time off from his job at Mattel, where he designed outfits for Barbie. Later, back at Mattel, he sold his concept for Bratz to rival company MGA. Law professor Orly Lobel reveals the colorful story behind the ensuing decade-long court battle.

This entertaining and provocative work pits audacious MGA against behemoth Mattel, shows how an idea turns into a product, and explores the two different versions of womanhood, represented by traditional all-American Barbie and her defiant, anti-establishment rival - the only doll to come close to outselling her. In an era when workers may be asked to sign contracts granting their employers the rights to and income resulting from their ideas - whether conceived during work hours or on their own time - Lobel's deeply researched story is a riveting and thought-provoking contribution to the contentious debate over creativity and intellectual property.

©2018 Orly Lobel (P)2018 Gildan Media

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An extensive portrait of the saga of Matel trials

I found this book a bit long and depressing, but very pertinent and informative. You can tell by the multidimensional nature of the story - because of the many points of view involved in the trials, all of them being adressed and thoroughly represented by the author- how extensively she researched her topic. She also has a talent for depicting all of her protagonists through very succinct and effective observations that make them come alive for the readers. Overall, I found "You don't own me" very interesting. It introduced me to a new universe I never thought of exploring before. I learned a lot of things too. I enjoyed the journey.