Star Wash: Lucasfilm sues Chilean 'Star Wars'-themed car wash

A worker using a payment machine at a themed car wash service next to a banner reading 'Star Wash', which is a play on the words 'Star Wars', in Santiago — Reuters

SANTIAGO: Walt Disney production company Lucasfilm is suing a themed carwash on the outskirts of Chilean capital Santiago for plagiarising its multibillion-dollar galactic film and television saga Star Wars, lawyers for the carwash said.

Star Wash has shared videos on social media showing attendants dressed as Star Wars characters such as Chewbacca or a Stormtrooper wiping down hoods, bounty hunter Boba Fett and hero Cassian Andor wielding hosepipes instead of blasters and Darth Vader appearing to use The Force to summon cleaning cloths.

The law firm representing the carwash said that while owner Matias Jara was in the process of registering his brand with Chilean patent authority INAPI, he received a lawsuit from the franchise's creator, Lucasfilm.

Jara's lawyers said the US movie production firm wanted to block the registration of the name and had argued that the brand could be confused as being affiliated with them. It has not raised issues with the attendants, they said.

Lucasfilm did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Jara said his young daughter had thought of the wordplay while on a family trip to a Disney theme park in the United States that features a Star Wars area.

"We don't make movies or sell their products or anything like that," Jara added, noting that his business was, however, a "stellar" car wash.
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