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TIME TO KICK THAT NASTY HOBBIT [REPRISED]: NINTH CIRCUIT AFFIRMS INJUNCTION RESTRAINING ‘AGE OF HOBBITS’ MOCKBUSTER

Last year, the Global Asylum, Inc . (Asylum) announced plans to release Age of the Hobbits just a few days before New Line’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey  was set to hit theatres. Age of Hobbits deals with a species discovered by archaeologists in 2003.  Scientists initially considered naming the new species “homo hobbitus”,” but settled on “homo floresiensis.”  In Age of Hobbits, the homo  floresiensis face off against … Continue reading

GHOST RIDER LAWSUIT BROUGHT BACK FROM THE DEAD

In December 2011, NiC covered the case of Gary Friedrich, the comic book writer who claims credit for inventing the flaming-skulled, motorcycle-riding hero of Marvel Comics.   Friedrich’s case had been moved to New York federal court in 2008.  Friedrich essentially claimed that his contract with Marvel gave them the rights to Ghost Rider in … Continue reading

TIME TO KICK THAT NASTY HOBBIT: JUDGE ISSUES TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER ON ‘AGE OF HOBBITS’ MOCKBUSTER

It was 1937 when Tolkien published “The Hobbit, or There and Back Again” to wide critical acclaim, from which time it has sold an estimated 35 million to 100 million copies. It was 1993 when Disney brought a lawsuit against a company, Goodtimes Home Video Corp. in the Southern District federal court in New York. … Continue reading

COURT RULES THAT MARVEL, NOT CREATOR, OWNS GHOST RIDER

Gary Friedrich began working with Marvel in the mid-1960’s writing Western comics and Sgt. Fury, among others. One of the comics Friedrich created was ‘Ghost Rider’ as a Western character that debuted in 1967. There was no flaming skull back then, just a ghostly all-white cowboy on a ghostly all-white horse. In 1972, Johnny Blaze, … Continue reading

HASBRO CLAIMS ASUS ARE DECEPTICONS

In April 2011, the computer maker Asus released its “Transformers” line of laptops. Hasbro, maker of the popular “Transformers” toy franchise contacted Asus and asked them stop using the name, but did not file suit. Yet, this month Asus revealed its ‘sequel’ to the “Transformers” laptop: Transformer Prime. Optimus Prime is the name of the … Continue reading

SUMMIT SUES OWNER OF TWILIGHT.COM

Twilight.com, which is still up, is not a great website. Other stories have called it ‘primitive’ and ‘unimpressive’ but it is operational. There are some links to buying Twilight products on amazon, a plug for Twilight Zone, and an ad for playing a vampire on Second Life. However, Summit, the owners of the Twilight franchise, … Continue reading

GORDON GECKO SAYS ‘LIONSGATE IS BAD': ICAHN WALKS FROM TAKEOVER

Corporate ‘raider’ Carl Icahn, angel to some and demon to others, has been a major player behind the scenes in much of the entertainment world. Said to be an inspiration for Gordon Gecko in ‘Wall Street’ (minus the crimes and prison sentence, but famously known to have said, “In this business, you want a friend? … Continue reading

‘THE EXPENDABLES’ LAWSUIT EXPENDED, BUT EXPECT A SEQUEL

NuImage, makers of ‘The Expendables’ brought suit earlier this year against over 23,000 internet users alleged to have illegally downloaded the movie, making it the largest copyright infringement case of its kind, at least by number of defendants. Earlier this month, the court hearing the case forced NuImage to drop all anonymous defendants (usually called … Continue reading

2001: A LEGAL ODDITY; SAMSUNG USES CLARKE/KUBRICK FILM IN OPPOSITION TO APPLE’S INJUNCTION

We’ve earlier reported on Apple’s various patent lawsuits against Android-based device manufacturers Samsung and others. To be clear, Apple has moved for a preliminary injunction in the case, which would essentially prohibit Samsung from manufacturing and selling touchpad products before the case actually goes to trial. Essentially, Samsung could eventually prevail at trial, but still … Continue reading

ALIEN VS. PREDATOR VS. LOST CONTINENT: 20TH CENTURY FOX PREVAILS IN COPYRIGHT SUIT BY SCREENWRITER

Geez, you’ve got a big legal bill.  Geez, you’ve got a big legal bill.  In 2009, writer James Muller filed suit in the US District Court in Central California claiming that 20th Century Fox stole his script to make 2004’s ‘Alien vs. Predator.’  Muller’s script called ‘Lost Continent’ was about a government-led expedition to Antarctica … Continue reading

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