Judge Snaps Stick Figure Copyright Suit

Law360, New York (September 20, 2011, 5:31 PM EDT) -- A Colorado federal judge on Tuesday dismissed an artist's copyright suit against Life Is Good Inc., saying any similarity between the older drawings and the stick figure whose face adorns the company's T-shirts was too thin to support infringement allegations.

U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch granted the Boston-area merchandiser's motion for summary judgment, ruling that Jake — its wide-smiling, outdoorsy cartoon frontman — was not similar enough to the “Penmen” that Gary Blehm created in the 1980s.

“Stick figures are by definition simple,” Judge Matsch said,...
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