Sadly, Jack Kirby’s estate lost its claim to reclaim copyright in his artwork. Too bad copyright law before 1978 recognized implied work-made-for-hire agreements. I guess the “Hulk Smash!” argument probably wouldn’t work either, at this point. Thoughts?
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Great SF writer and BoingBoing contributor Cory Doctorow notes a scary consequence of ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) here, if it is adopted by one’s government. Part of the agreement would allow ISPs to shut down sites based on unproven allegations of trademark infringement. I predict that the agreement would cause ISP’s to unfairly shut down web pages, even if there is clear fair use or another exception to using a particular mark.
When I saw “Disturbia” a few years ago, it sure seemed like an updated version of Hitchcock’s “Rear Window.” Well, it was close enough to attract a lawsuit for copyright infringement. Not close enough to survive dismissal by a New York federal court. Read about the ruling here.
A Western Washington federal court properly applied Washington’s new Anti-SLAPP legislation a few weeks ago. See here for more details.
Weirdly, he might have a pretty good basis for an infringement claim.
Here is the article at Gawker.com