EDITED TO ADD: There is an update on the story. The attorney from Friendly Family Productions has offered a statement:
Marcia Paul, the New York attorney representing Friendly Family, said in a statement Monday that the children of television producer Ed Friendly never wanted to interfere with the maintenance of the Kansas museum, and had spent months trying to reach an agreement that would benefit the museum and protect the family’s intellectual property rights.
Those attempts were repeatedly spurned, Paul said.
“A number of other similar historical sites exist throughout the country commemorating the sites where the Ingalls and Wilder families lived, as depicted in Ms. Wilder’s wonderful stories, but none other than this Kansas museum have crossed the line into piracy,” she said. “That left the Friendly family with no option but to sue.”
Hmmm. Would that be because none other than this Kansas museum is on the site of the book called Little House on the Prairie?
Friendly Family Productions, the production company behind the TV show “Little House on the Prairie,” is suing the Little House homesite in Wayside, KS, outside of Independence, for — wait for it — trademark infringement.
Here’s the full story by AP Reporter Roxana Hegeman. It expresses the situation exactly as it is. The facts speak for themselves.