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  • Hilary Sumner

9th Circuit Holds the Bat Mobile is a Character Protected by Copyright

Updated: Aug 24, 2023

DC Comics recently sued the manufacturer of Bat Mobile replicas claiming that these copies constituted copyright infringement (DC Comics v. Towle).  The Ninth Circuit recently agreed, holding that "especially distinctive" characters are entitled to copyright protection, finding that the Bat Mobile is not just a car; it is a distinctive character.

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