There's No Place Like Court: Film Character Copyrights

Law360, New York (November 17, 2011, 12:53 PM EST) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently ruled in favor of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. in its copyright infringement suit against several movie image licensors that had been selling altered public domain images of famous characters from "The Wizard of Oz," "Gone with the Wind" and a number of "Tom and Jerry" short films.

In affirming the district court’s grant of a permanent injunction, the appellate court found that copyright law prohibits the defendants from extracting images from publicity materials for the classic films and licensing alterations for use on consumer items like T-shirts, playing cards and figurines....

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