Theater Sued By Disney Says It Licensed Spider-Man

Law360, New York (November 5, 2013, 4:27 PM EST) -- A Pennsylvania theater accused of performing copyrighted Walt Disney Co. content fired back Monday with a bold claim: that the media giant doesn't own the rights to Spider-Man, and that the theater had legally licensed the character from the company that does.

American Music Theater — which Disney claims lifted songs and other aspects of Spider-Man, Mary Poppins and "The Lion King" for a production called “Broadway: Now & Forever” — said it had the right to use the Marvel character because it had paid Stan Lee...
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