12/04/2010

Recent cases: Marvel; Sarah Palin; Michael Moore

The December 1, 2010 edition of Loeb & Loeb's IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks reports on (and links to the full texts of) three recent and newsworthy decisions:

Marvel v. Kirby, in which the federal District Court in New York City dismissed counter-claims against Marvel and Disney by which Jack Kirby sought to terminate his transfers of the copyrights to comic books featuring Spiderman, The Incredible Hulk, The X-Men, and The Fantastic Four.

HarperCollins v. Gawker Media, in which the federal District Court in New York City granted HarperCollins a temporary restraining order to prevent Gawker from publishing of excerpts of Sarah Palin’s new book, America By Heart, because the excerpts posted on Gawker's blog were not a fair use.

Aronson v. Dog Eat Dog Films, in which a federal District Court in the state of Washington awarded Michael Moore, the producer of the documentary Sicko, attorneys’ fees, costs and statutory damages after granting his motion to strike the plaintiff's invasion of privacy and misappropriation of likeness claims under the Washington state Anti-SLAPP Act.