“Taking advantage of the reputation of a character to immerse him in an erotic universe has nothing to do with humour,” Moulinsart’s lawyers said. The judge (however) could appreciate the joke and ruled that this was a case of permitted parody.
A slap on the wrist
As Moulinsart had incorrectly informed various galleries that Marabout was infringing on Hergé’s work, the court even gave the organisation an extra slap on the wrist. They were obliged to pay Marabout €10,000 in damages.