Comic-Con: This Year's Convention Comes With a Judge's Gag Order

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Business Movies Television Business THR Online Comic-Con 2017With a trial looming, a judge expresses concern about what's being discussed on social media. read more. THR, Esq.

Hollywood Docket: DC Comics Hopes Trademark Suit Will Be Kryptonite to Clothing Company

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Heat Vision The Business Movies Music Business THR Online DC Comics Jay Z NFL Warner Bros. The week's entertainment law news includes a win for Jay Z over his sound engineer and arbitration for the Hollywood lawyer accused of turning a client into his sex slave. read more. THR, Esq.

Learn copyright law basics from a comic book!?

Gordon P. Firemark

A copyright law comic book? It's a comic book style presentation of copyright law basics, and it's worth a look. Learn copyright law basics from a comic book!? One of my clients just kindly pointed me to a link for a cool little project coming out of Duke University.

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San Diego Comic-Con Sues Utah Convention Over Name

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San Diego Comic-Con''s lawsuit argues that a similarly named convention in Salt Lake City has caused it "irreparable harm." Comic-Con Heat Vision read more. Culture THR Online THR, Esq.

Jury to Decide Whether or Not "Comic-Con" Has Become Generic

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A judge issues a summary judgment opinion in a trademark lawsuit brought by the organizers of the most popular one in San Diego. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

Decades-Long Legal Feud Over 'Spawn' Comic Book Finally Ends

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Eriq Gardner Creator Todd McFarlane reaches a deal with collaborator Neil Gaiman that might put to rest two decades worth of fighting over who-owns-what in the legendary comic book series.

'John Carter' Author's Estate Sues Over 'Pornographic' Comic Book Knockoffs

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Eriq Gardner Two weeks weeks before Disney's 'John Carter' hits theaters, the estate of the original author looks to protect his work. But the case opens up questions about the public domain and the boundaries between copyright and trademark law. read more. THR, Esq.

'Cowboys & Aliens' Comic Book Author Sues Universal for Copyright Infringement

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Matthew Belloni Steven John Busti claims his story was ripped off to create the Jon Favreau-directed film. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Movies Home Movies Jon Favreau Cowboys & Aliens

Judge Allows Copyright Lawsuit Against Marvel Over 'Iron Man 3' Poster

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The body armor, though, is too common in the comic book or superhero genre. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

DC Comics Sues Man Who Builds Custom 'Batmobiles'

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Eriq Gardner An unauthorized replica is likely to confuse public, says the Warner Bros. subsidiary read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies

Reading Room: A History of Comic Book Lawsuits, More

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Eriq Gardner Some reading material for entertainment law junkies read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies

Comic Strip, NYC's Famed Comedy Club, Is "Insolvent," Claims Co-Founder's Widow

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Tess Wachs accuses the other co-founder of mismanagement and/or fraud. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

Judge Knocks Out 'Iron Man' Copyright Lawsuit

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The complaint alleged that the superhero's body armor was derived from another comic book. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Hollywood Docket: Superman Legal Fees; Telenovela Infringement; Lionsgate Lawsuit

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DC Comics National Geographic Channel Business A roundup of entertainment law news including the expensive battle over Superman rights, a battle over Spanish-language programming and a Fox settlement. read more. The Business Telemundo Lionsgate THR, Esq.

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Robert Kirkman Seeks to Stop a "Hijack" of 'The Walking Dead'

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The comic book creator discusses the licensing success of the zombie franchise and attempts to stop a "Walking Dead" restaurant from opening in New Jersey.

"Comic Con" Gag Orders Vacated By Appeals Court

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The organizers of the Salt Lake Comic Con couldn't discuss a trademark case on social media and were restricted from sharing court documents. The 9th Circuit rules this is unconstitutional. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

'Walking Dead' War: Creator Robert Kirkman Sued By Collaborator (Exclusive)

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Matthew Belloni Michael Anthony ("Tony") Moore, a fellow comic book artist, filed suit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television

Hollywood Docket: Archie Comics War Heads to Mediation; Comcast Antitrust Trial; Supreme Court Tackles 'First Sale' Rules

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Eriq Gardner Here's our roundup of hot entertainment and media law news. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Home Business

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Copyright Law and Comics

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A clever new project from the Duke Law School''s Center for the Study of the Public Domain: Copyright law through comic books. Thanks to Gordon Firemark for the link

In Comic-Con Dispute, Appeals Court Wants to Hear More About Judge's Gag Order

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The individuals behind Salt Lake Comic Con are challenging an "unprecedented" restriction on talking about the trademark case on social media and sharing court documents.

Bam! Pow! Blocking Copyright Claims In Derivative Works Based On Comic Books

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Vincent James Scipior, University of Wisconsin Law School, is publishing Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends: Trapped in the Tangled Web of the Termination Provisions, in the Wisconsin Law Review (forthcoming). Here is the abstract. With great power there must also

Marvel's 'Ghost Rider' Legal Victory Overturned

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The Second Circuit remands for trial the issue of who holds rights to the popular comic book character. read more. The Business Marvel Studios THR, Esq. Business

Stan Lee To Be Deposed in Billion-Dollar Lawsuit Against Disney

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The comic book legend, reportedly experiencing health issues at 90 years of age, will address his working relationship with Marvel over the years. read more. The Business Stan Lee The Walt Disney Company THR, Esq. Marvel Entertainment Heat Vision Business

Does Warner Bros. Own the Batmobile? (Analysis)

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The studio''s DC Comics heads for an appeals-court showdown over knockoff cars. Holy copyright fight, Batman! read more. Movies Warner Bros. THR, Esq. THR Weekly Magazine Heat Vision Business

Appeals Court Denies Jack Kirby Estate's Bid to Overturn Marvel Copyright Ruling

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The family of the man behind Thor, X-Men and other lucrative comics characters tried to terminate copyright transfers. read more. The Business Movies THR, Esq. Business

Copying the Comics

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Simmons, Columbia Law School, has published Catwoman or the Kingpin: Potential Reasons Comic Book Publishers Do Not Enforce Their Copyrights Against Comic Book Infringers, at 33 Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts 267 (2010). Joshua L. Here is the

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Comic-Con: Photo Gallery

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Here's a taste of Comic-Con. Photo gallery on the jump: Tags: ComicCon Comic-Con photo gallery And I haven't even visited the exhibition floor where all the action is. I'm still behind on posting all the material I'm collecting. Stay tuned.

Jack Kirby Estate Vows to Appeal Loss in Marvel Copyright Lawsuit

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Matthew Belloni The family of the man behind Thor, X-Men and other lucrative comics characters is trying to terminate copyright transfers read more.

Jack Kirby Estate Files Appeal in Marvel Superhero Lawsuit (Exclusive)

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Matthew Belloni The estate of comic book legend Jack Kirby has appealed a ruling tossing several key copyright claims against Marvel over Thor, Iron Man, Incredible Hulk and others.

Judge Declares Batmobile Is Subject to Copyright

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Eriq Gardner DC Comics sued a man who created replicas of the famous vehicle. The Batman rights-holder has proven to a judge that the Batmobile really is something special. Should Justin Bieber be worried? read more. THR, Esq.

Law Prof's Work On Copyright Immortalized In His Own Comic Books

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The Chronicle of Higher Education discusses the late Keith Aoki's life and work here. Mr. Aoki, a University of California, Davis, law professor, who taught intellectual property law, died April 26th

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Hollywood Superlawyer Skip Brittenham Pens Graphic Novel; Joe Roth to Produce Film Adaptation

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Borys Kit The powerful attorney's "Anomaly," with illustrations by comic artist Brian Haberlin, publishes in October. read more. Heat Vision THR, Esq. Movies Movies Skip Brittenham

Comic-Con: Costume Parade Reveals Twilight Backlash

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The annual Comic-Con costume parade last weekend revealed a sizable Twilight backlash. Basically, many comics fans are using Twilight as an example of the studio exploitation of The Con for marketing purposes.

'Smallville' Lawsuit: New Claim Alleges Warner Bros. Paid Itself for Superman Rights (Exclusive)

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Eriq Gardner A judge is allowing plaintiffs to amend their complaint with a new breach of contract claim that alleges that the studio unilaterally reduced the series co-producer's profit participation by including DC Comics into the pool.

Mattel Fights 'He-Man' Comic Book Author Over Franchise Rights

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As Sony is reportedly working on a movie reboot of the classic 1980s animated series, ''Masters of the Universe,'' Mattel is now suing a man who authored the early comic books. read more. The Business THR, Esq. Television Business

Radical lawsuit hits comic book powerhouse

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By Eriq Gardner In the comic book world, there are heroes and evil-doers. Just in time for Comic-Con comes allegations that Radical Comics owner Blatant Entertainment, the company behind. In the real world, it's sometimes hard to tell the difference.

Homer Simpson Hologram at Comic-Con Draws Patent Lawsuit (Exclusive)

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The star of the long-running Fox series now has something in common with Michael Jackson read more. Matt Groening 21st Century Fox The Simpsons THR Online THR, Esq. Television Tech Business

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Comic-Con: Visionaries Jackson, Cameron Talk Future

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Tags: 3D Avatar ComicCon James Cameron Peter Jackson 3D Avatar Comic-Con future James Cameron Peter Jackson visionaries

#SDCC: Directors Visit Comic-Con for First Time

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Comic-Con 2009 is front-loaded. The combo of Disney's 3-D animation panel and James Cameron's Avatar pushed the Comic-Con folks to install 3-D in the 65,000-square-foot Hall H. Brian Lowry vets Comic-Con on the TV side.

The Comic Book, Copyright Law, and Comic Book History

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Keith Aoki, University of California, Davis, School of Law, has published Pictures within Pictures, in volume 36 of the Ohio Northern University Law Review (2010). Here is the abstract. This is a meditation on the creative process, copyright law, and