Mattel Wins Copyright Dispute With Former 'He-Man' Writer

Law360, New York (March 10, 2014, 7:46 PM EDT) -- Mattel Inc. won a ruling from a California federal judge last week that a former freelance writer didn't have any rights to the company's longtime Masters of the Universe franchise or its lead character, He-Man.

The toymaker won summary judgment on March 3 in a preemptive lawsuit it filed last year against Donald Glut, a writer who was commissioned in 1981 to create “mini-comics” to flesh out the backstory of the MOTU and He-Man toys. Mattel claimed Glut had been threatening to assert his purported rights....
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