Court Decides Batmobile Is Protected By Copyright

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What is the most famous and iconic vehicle from comic books, cartoons, and movies? It is, without a shadow of doubt, Batman’s own ride, the Batmobile.

It is so popular that a guy called Mark Towle started a business called Gotham Garage through which he sold replicas of the 1960s TV and 1989 movie Batmobiles to those who could afford them. Well, his business is about to take a serious hit as an appeals court decided the Batmobile is so distinctive that it can be considered a character in itself, thus giving DC Comics copyrights on the famous vehicle.

Going by the opinions expressed by the three judges who were assigned this case, Mr. Towle had the obvious misfortune of having some serious Batman nerds as figures deciding on what is basically the future of his business.

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