'The Simpsons' Actor Wins Copyright Fight Over Character

Law360, Los Angeles (February 24, 2014, 4:47 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Friday sided with "The Simpsons" star and voice actor Hank Azaria in a copyright dispute over a fictional sports announcer character, finding that the character’s inception at a party and over a series of conversations with another actor didn’t constitute a contract between the two.

U.S. District Judge Gary Allen Feess granted Azaria’s motion for summary judgment in the suit, finding, first, that Azaria’s character, Jim Brockmire, was copyrightable, and that Azaria and his company held the copyright, and second, that...
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