The unauthorized placement of a pinball machine in the 2000 film "What Women Want" might have technically violated the copyright laws but it is not actionable, a federal judge has ruled. Tossing out a suit by the machine's trademark owner, New York Judge Denny Chin noted that the Silver Slugger appeared for no more than a few seconds at a time, was always in the background, and that the machine "is never mentioned and plays no role in the plot."
Pinball Machine's Depiction in Mel Gibson Movie Ruled Too 'Trivial' to Support Copyright Action
New York Law Journal
January 2, 2009