• Mutant X vs. The People

    Mutant X vs. The People0

    • June 18, 2017

    As you may know, as every discussion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe acknowledges, 20th Century Fox owns the filmic licensing rights to Marvel’s X-Men. These rights extend somewhat murkily.

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  • DC v RiRi: Battle for Robyn

    DC v RiRi: Battle for Robyn4

    • May 21, 2015

    Did you know that Rihanna’s real name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty? The pop star’s company, Roraj Trade, filed documents last June to trademark a bunch of names which included her first and last: Fenty Apparel, Fenty Beauty, Fenty Clothing, Fenty Cosmetics, Fenty Face, Fenty Intimates, Fenty Lingerie, Fenty Makeup, Fenty Nails, Fenty Swim, Fenty Swimwear, Boomflick, Fenty

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  • How Not to Run a Comic Site: Comikka’s Problems with Permission and Attribution

    How Not to Run a Comic Site: Comikka’s Problems with Permission and Attribution1

    The 21st century has provided writers, artists, and other creators with a multitude of platforms for sharing their work. Unfortunately, the systems that have made it easier for creators to share their work also make it easier for other people to abuse it. While copyright infringement is not always a case of outright plagiarism, it is important to be

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  • Rebecca Mock On Artist’s Rights and Diplo Offering “Credit”

    Rebecca Mock On Artist’s Rights and Diplo Offering “Credit”0

    Back in February, Diplo used an original GIF by illustrator Rebecca Mock as background art in promoting his music. Staff writer Jo Fu wrote about the incident and his misogynistic response to the fallout. Here, she speaks with Mock about how artists can protect themselves and their work.

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  • CW’s The Flash & Due Process: Do Supervillains Have The Right To An Attorney?

    CW’s The Flash & Due Process: Do Supervillains Have The Right To An Attorney?2

    CW’s The Flash is one of the most popular debuts of the 2014-2015 television season, which owes a lot to the fact that it’s a DC superhero property that’s unabashedly fun and self-aware. Of course, it would be. You have villains like Captain Cold, Rainbow Raider, and Pied Piper up against a superhero dressed in

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  • Happy Public Domain Day!  (except you, United States)

    Happy Public Domain Day! (except you, United States)0

    • January 1, 2015

    Happy Public Domain Day! Today’s the day when people around the globe cheer for creative works that are now eligible to be freely used for any purpose… except in the United States. January 1st marks the expiration of copyright protection terms for creative works, usually the creator’s death plus a certain number of years, thus allowing

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