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Tuesday, 8 March 2016

U.S.: Supreme Court holds Batmobile protected by copyright

The US Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal against a decision of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that the Batmobile should be protected by copyright, and therefore that Mark Towle infringed copyright in it when he produced cars in the same shape. Interestingly, it seems that there isn't much of an argument that copyright could protect the design of the car itself: the original judge, and the appeal court, took the view that the car was a character in the Batman stories and that was what ensured it was protected.

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