Supreme Court Denies Certiorari In ‘Batmobile’ Copyright, Trademark Case

(March 7, 2016, 11:58 AM EST) -- WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court on March 7 turned away an appeal that posed the question of whether automobiles and other “useful items” are entitled to copyright protection (Mark Towle v. DC Comics, No. 15-943, U.S. Sup.).

Car Kits, Replicas

Respondent DC Comics is the publisher of comic books featuring the crime-fighting Batman character and his Batmobile. Batman and the Batmobile also have appeared in television shows and movies, including the 1960s television series “Batman” and the 1989 film “Batman.” DC owns the copyright...
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