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DISNEY'S 'DEEDLES' MEETS WITH LAWSUIT

Disney's new comedy film, "Meet the Deedles," is hitting a sour note with singer Diane Schuur.

The two-time Grammy winner says Disney and two record companies are damaging her trademark-protected nickname, "Deedles," which she has had since she was a child. So she has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, claiming the film will make "Deedles" synonymous with "madcap teen-age lunacy."

Schuur, who won Grammys in 1986 and 1987 for jazz vocals, claims she has used the name in recordings and in naming her business, Deedles Music.

The suit says the name Deedles "will likely become the punch line to jokes about stupidity" and will threaten the reputation of the jazz-crossover sightless artist who has been compared to jazz great Ella Fitzgerald by the New York Times.

Spokeswomen for Disney, as well as Polygram Records and a subsidiary, Mercury Records -- which have released a "Meet the Deedles" soundtrack -- declined to comment.

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