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Aug/10

The Burden Of The Past And The American Comic Book Writer (Gaiman v McFarlane)


Plaintiff Gaiman (famous writer) sues Defendant McFarlane (famous comic artist). Defendant hired plaintiff to write some scripts for the SPAWN comic book. Plaintiff creates a new character, Dark Age Spawn. Defendant later uses a Medieval Spawn. Judge, in determining damages, finds that Medieval Spawn infringes Dark Age Spawn.
Rainy day fun: compare the copyright analysis of Dark Age Spawn v Medieval Spawn, to the analysis of Bratty Dolls in the Ninth Circuit Bratz case. Who would win in a fight: Medieval Spawn or a Bratz Girl?
Decision Gaiman Mcfarlane Spawn

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