Holy Blurring of Core Copyright Principles, Batmobile!

Barker, Kim (2015). Holy Blurring of Core Copyright Principles, Batmobile! In: Giddens, Thomas ed. Graphic Justice: Intersections of Law and Comics. London: Routledge, pp. 19–35.

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This work discusses these issues in light of a recent decision protecting the Batmobile as a character in its own right, before evaluating the extent to which ‘character’ receives copyright protection. Indeed, this chapter argues that granting copyright protection to the Batmobile as a character is absurd—an absurdity that can be seen in the fact that using ‘Batmobile’ as one would any other character’s name does not sit happily in a sentence: see the title of this chapter for an example.

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