Copyright infringement is no joke, but justice has been served. Literally. Things are looking up for DC Comics who won a court decision earlier this week.The Batmobile was deemed a character based on traits, and a few other assets. In the lawsuit, the Batmobile was likened to an actual character. Judge Sandra Segal Ikuta gave the final decision in an appeals court earlier this week.
DC Comics found itself in the middle of a copyright and publishing rights lawsuit against a replica business. Gotham Garage, specialized in replicating the Batmobile, Mach 5 and more.
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A company named, Mark Towle’s Gotham Garage, was on the short end of the dispute. Towle’s offered a specialty service in creating replicas of the Batmobile based on the 1960 television series. The replicas reportedly sold for roughly $90,000. Other replicas were inspired by the 1989, Tim Burton directed, Batman movie starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson.
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“In addition to its status as Batman’s loyal bat-themed sidekick complete with the character traits and physical characteristics described above…It is not merely a stock character.” said Ikuta.
DC Comics came out on top with a healthy serving of justice. Copyright claims and publishing rights come with the territory for content creators. Would you consider the Batmobile to be an actual character? Let us know in the comments below.
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