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The Batmobile Isn't A Copyrighted Character, 9th Circ. Told

Law360, Los Angeles (February 5, 2015, 3:10 PM EST) -- A custom carmaker who sold Batmobile replicas urged the Ninth Circuit on Thursday to overturn a ruling that he violated Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.'s copyright of Batman's iconic ride, saying a California federal judged erred in determining that the fictional automobile is a copyrighted character.

During a hearing in Pasadena, California, the carmaker's attorney Larry Zerner argued that Congress has specifically excluded automobile designs from copyright protection. That exclusion also applies to the sleek, black, bat-themed car that patrols Gotham City's streets, he said.

"Even though...
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Case Information

Case Title

DC Comics v. Mark Towle

Case Number



Appellate - 9th Circuit

Nature of Suit

3820 Copyright

Date Filed

March 22, 2013

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