Second Circuit Finds in Favor of Marvel and Against Kirby’s Heirs in Fight Over Comic Book Characters

Jack Kirby’s heirs struck out again in an attempt to gain rights to some iconic characters including Spiderman, The Fantastic Four, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, and The X-Men. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals found that these characters are “works for hire” and that Kirby’s rights are extinguished. In April, we wrote about the ongoing

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Disney Sued For Back Royalties Over Use of “The Bare Necessities” in The Jungle Book

The simple “bare necessities” apparently include a cut of some hefty royalties for the heirs of the composer.  Last week, the children of songwriter Terry Gilkyson filed suit against the Walt Disney Company in Texas State court. Gilkyson was responsible for the signature The Jungle Book tune “The Bare Necessities.” Now, his children seek allegedly

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"Jersey Shore’s” Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino Loses Trademark Battle with Abercrombie

No, his lawyer was not “My Cousin Vinny”.  Back in November 2011, “Jersey Shore’s” Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino took a break from his gym, tan and laundry routine to file a lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch (“Abercrombie”) for trademark infringement.  “The Situation” claims ownership to the trademark for the term “The Situation” and Sorrentino wasn’t

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Second Circuit Reinstates Trademark Infringement Case against Oprah Over Use of "Own Your Power"

Lesson of the day: “Own Your Trademark” before you use it.  In July 2011, Simone Kelly-Brown sued Oprah Winfrey, Harpo Productions Inc. and Oprah’s magazine publisher Hearst Corp. for alleged violations of Kelly-Brown’s trademark “Own Your Power.” The suit was brought after a 2010 issue of Oprah’s magazine carried an “Own Your Power” theme throughout

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