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Marvel, Disney sued for copyright infringement

News and Notes Focused on the 3 Public Faces of IP Law

  • Brand Image Protection - Trademark Law
  • Visual Image Protection - Copyright Law
  • Personal Image Protection - Right of Publicity Law

The Image Protection Law blog has been created in order to share stories and information on the legal aspects of: 1) the marketplace reputation of a company or product captured in its trademark, 2) published or publicly-displayed artwork, photography, and any created visual design, and 3) use of a person's photograph or likeness for product promotion or other commercial purposes.

The "IP3" share at least one thing in common: Image is everything. In these posts let's look at what that means in the realm of intellectual property in the news, but let's also be prepared to explore if there's something more beyond "everything." Don't forget, the intellectual in "intellectual property" doesn't mean smart or brainy, although by nature true creators often are. The word is used to refer to any creation, i.e., a "product of the mind." While this blog will be regularly updated, you are encouraged to share your thoughts on these posts.

The last decade has been kind to Marvel Studios and their parent company, Disney. Yet, long before this recent success, the Marvel brand was best known for its comics and television cartoons based on those characters in the 1980s and 1990s.

One of those shows was X-Men: The Animated series. This series brought the franchise's characters like Wolverine, Cyclops, and Magneto to life. The show is once again relevant as Disney announced it would be a launch title for its upcoming streaming service.

Who gets credit for the theme song?

A representative for a deceased Hungarian composer's estate has filed a lawsuit alleging the X-Men theme song is remarkably similar to the theme the composer created for a Hungarian television show in the mid-80s and early-90s.

The composer's estate claims that the X-Men animated show's success is largely attributable to the theme song and the work of the deceased songwriter.

Since the show has not yet launched, and likely no money has been earned by Disney yet, it's unknown how much compensation the composer's estate is seeking.

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