Theater's Spider-Man License Defense Likely Won't Stick

Law360, New York (November 7, 2013, 6:26 PM EST) -- A local Pennsylvania theater sued by The Walt Disney Co. over an allegedly infringing Broadway tribute show is now claiming that it believed it was legally licensing the rights to Spider-Man from a long-disputed copyright owner — a flawed defense that attorneys say is a long shot at best.

In firing back at allegations that it illegally lifted major aspects of Spider-Man and other Disney shows for a production called “Broadway: Now & Forever,” Lancaster, Pa.-based American Music Theater argued this week that it couldn't be...
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