The owners of Complex magazine are suing American Girl for using the magazine as a springboard for their own brand of hypersexualized teen-adult fiction.
Complex magazine is the latest to fall victim to copyright claims that were filed by The Washington Post last month in an effort to silence The Post and other publications.
A spokesperson for Complex, which is owned by the National Geographic Society, told the Post that the lawsuit was filed in federal court on Thursday.
The suit was filed on behalf of the authors, staff, editors, writers and publishers of American Girl, Complex, and the other publications named in the suit.
The complaint alleges that the magazine has violated copyright and trademark laws by “advertising, merchandising, publishing, and distributing the copyrighted material on the basis of their subject matter.”
Complex magazine, which has over 300 titles on its site, has a circulation of about 2 million.
The lawsuit says that Complex has been the target of a campaign by the New York City-based group Stop the New Girl Club, which the suit says is “a nonprofit that promotes the commercialization of young girls’ sexual and sexual-themed content in the media, and its website.”
It also alleges that American Girl has promoted the sexualization of the teen-age girls featured in its magazines through advertisements, t-shirts, videos, and other media.
Complex’s website was also featured on the cover of The New York Times last month.
American Girl’s lawyers did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.
Complex is a digital magazine founded by The Post in 2005.
The magazine is an outlet for teen-aged girls, and it has featured images of scantily-clad models.
The website also features content from the site, which was created by The New Yorker in 2008.
In a statement, Complex founder and publisher Jennie Weinstock said she and her colleagues are disappointed with the court action and are considering our options.
We are deeply concerned that the courts have taken the position that American Girls magazine is protected under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
We believe the lawsuit is based on copyright infringement, which violates our rights under the First Amendment, and we intend to vigorously defend ourselves against it.
The statement said that Weinstocks lawsuit seeks a permanent injunction that would prohibit American Girl from using the American Girl name, its logo, and any trademarks associated with the name or logo, as well as injunctive relief and damages in the amount of $15 million.
Complex Magazine has over 30 titles on the site.
The Washington Times reported last month that the newspaper and its publisher, The Washington Monthly, were considering a lawsuit against The Post for allegedly using the publication’s name and logo in advertising.
A lawsuit filed last month by the Post’s legal team also said that the website was linked to a fake account with the username @AJK_Movies, which contained nude photos of underage girls, including some posted by the Washington Post itself.
The Post, which also owns the website, has said it will fight the lawsuit.
A spokesman for the Post said in a statement that it has never been a party to a lawsuit and that the legal team will defend the publication vigorously.
“We stand ready to defend our First Amendment rights in a court of law,” the statement said.