Judge Tosses Copyright Suit Over Stephen King's 'Dark Tower'

Law360 (March 1, 2019, 7:57 PM EST) -- A Florida federal judge on Friday dismissed a suit claiming Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” ripped off the time-traveling comic book series “The Rook,” ruling that the protected elements of the two works are dissimilar and that no reasonable jury could conclude King infringed the comic's copyrights.

U.S. District Judge Harvey Schlesinger granted summary judgment in favor of King after finding that even though the two series feature adventure-seeking protagonists who don Western garb and engage in time travel, they are far more different in substance.

The judge said the plaintiff, the nephew of now-deceased comic book writer William B. DuBay, “analyzes...

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