Billboard advertiser Skywalker Outdoor Inc. is feeling the wrath of Lucasfilm’s legal department. The company had agreed in 2007 to stop using the name, but didn’t followed through.
The U.S. decision in favor of Lucasfilm can’t be held up in the United Kingdom because a judge has ruled that the stormtrooper armor in question are “not works of art.” (via)
The original case of Lucasfilm suing designer Andrew Ainsworth over his reproductions of the stormtrooper outfits ended with both sides claiming victory; Now they’re at it again.
The mayor of a town in south-eastern Turkey named Batman is suing!
Some people just don’t know when they’re beat. But I suspect it’s going to take one hell of a revision to make the thing publishable. (via)
It’s been long enough that fandom has almost forgotten about the Harry Potter Lexicon court case, but the verdict is in… And it’s for Rowling! Once again, I recommend keeping an eye on Cleolinda’s Fandom Wank post for the continuing story.
Lucasfilm has won their British copyright infringement case against Shepperton Design Studios. A High Court judge affirmed that LFL is indeed the rightful owner of the stormtrooper costume designs and that Andrew Ainsworth’s company infringed by selling unlicensed reproductions of the iconic armor. No damages are mentioned in the UK case, but LFL may choose to pursue an appeal under UK industrial design law.
UPDATE: A story from the AP notes that both sides are claiming victory; More details at TheLawyer.com. (via)
Yes, seriously, knitting patterns. Which were free. Although it appears someone, not the originator (who was “furious” over that development) was selling them. Hmm. (via)
The BBC has video of the drunken Darth Vader attack, and…Really? That’s it? To quote Gizmodo: “I can’t believe someone got charged with assault for this.”
The Hollywood Reporter reports that it’s tough to say how the whole Harry Potter Lexicon case will go because fair use is complicated. No, really?
The U.S. news program 20/20 will air a special featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the life of J.K. Rowling in November.
Daniel Radcliffe is seeking a mysterious Aussie who caught his eye at a film event Down Under. Shockingly, there seems to be no shortage of mystery women. He claims it was all a joke.
Speaking of Radcliffe, his latest film My Boy Jack aired on PBS’ Masterpiece last weekend. Yes, it might have been more convenient if we told you about this before it aired, but it will probably be repeated throughout the week. In this article, Radcliffe and co-star Kim Cattrall (also known as Samantha on Sex and the City) discuss growing up, Harry Potter and, you guessed it, sex (in the city, anyway).