Actor Sues Publisher Over 'Office Space' Flair

Todd Duffey is suing the publisher Perseus which sells a book and a collection of buttons called the Office Space Box of Flair, inspired by the 1999 movie. Duffey doesn't like that his face appears on the cover of the book and on one of the buttons in the collection.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And today's last word in business is inspired by the 1999 cult classic "Office Space."

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "OFFICE SPACE")

MIKE JUDGE: (As Stan) We need to talk about your flair.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Flair, as in the decorative pins and buttons that servers wear in the movie, working at the fictional restaurant Chotchkie's.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "OFFICE SPACE")

JUDGE: (as Stan) Well, like Brian, for example, has 37 pieces of flair on today. OK. And a terrific smile.

MONTAGNE: The super positive server Brian was played by Todd Duffey. But the actor isn't smiling now.

INSKEEP: Todd Duffey is suing the publisher Perseus, which sells a book and a collection of buttons called "The Office Space Box of Flair."

MONTAGNE: Duffey doesn't like that his face appears on the cover of the book, and on one of the actual buttons on the collection. He wants to block sales of the merchandise, and he wants damages.

INSKEEP: Sounds like a case of the Mondays, even though it's Friday. That's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne.

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