Another Copyright Infringement Case

Copyright infringement happens within the comic industry frequently. DC Comics is owner of the registered copyright the Batman comic books and they also own federal trademark on all Batman related marks. Mark Towle created replicas of the Batmobile and held them for sale without getting authorization from DC Comics nor claiming that he conceived the idea from Batman in DC Comics. DC Comics’ lawyer then sent Towle a cease and desist letter for both copyright and trademark infringement. The court ruled in DC Comics favor because they found Towle’s work to be derivative and Towle’s duplicated work did was also not covered by fair use


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