Good post on a copyright litigation involving the use of film posters in the public domain from the Wizard of Oz on the Patentlyo blog here. For those interested in character licensing, dead celebrities, and the Supreme Court's warning in Dastar Corporation v. 20th Century Fox Film Corporation et al., 539 U.S. 23 (2003) that trademark and copyright law should not be combined to create a mutant species of copyright law that lives forever, tune in to Warner Bros. v. X One X.
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Monday, February 21, 2011
Dorothy's Not In Kansas Anymore: Public Domain Film Posters With Slogans Found To Infringe
Labels: character licensing, copyright infringement, copyright law, dastar, dead celebrities, licensing law, post-mortem rights of publicity, wizard of oz
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