Let's Talk About Inta-leck-chuwal Property!

Interesting list of anticipated movies for 2019, including Brightburn. This is not how copyright works:

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Isn’t that basically Bizarro?

More seriously, I know A. Conan Doyle’ descendants tried to argue that since some of the later Sherlock Holmes stories were still copyright-protected, it meant all of the stories were. Superman’s origin story has been retold recently. So yeah, there might be a copyright issue if the lawyers decide to work on it, which they would.

The question would be whether “but what if Superman broke bad” was considered transformative or parodic, or if it was just a ripoff.

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Or, to some extent, Hancock

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In the funny papers, everything’s been done.

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This guy walks into a bar on the top of a very tall building. He sits down, orders a huge beer, chugs it, walks over to the window, and jumps out. Five minutes later, the guy walks into the bar again, orders another huge beer, chugs it, walks over to the window, and jumps out again. Five minutes later, he re-appears and repeats the whole thing. About half an hour later, another guy at the bar stops the first guy and says, “hey, how the hell are you doing that?!” The first guy responds, “oh, it’s really simple physics. When you chug the beer, it makes you all warm inside and since warm air rises, if you just hold your breath you become lighter than air and float down to the sidewalk.” “WOW!” exclaims the second man, “I gotta try that!” So he orders a huge beer, chugs it, goes over to the window, jumps out, and splats on the sidewalk below. The bartender looks over to the first man and says, “Superman, you’re an asshole when you’re drunk.”

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Doyle’s family/literary trust (or whatever) did indeed try to argue that, but they lost, I think summarily?.. when someone managed to tease them into court. Because it turned out that their whole case was based on no one being willing to test it. I’ll try to remember the details tomorrow.

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That verbiage is from this:

carry on.

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Oh. Right. Thank you. Forgot to go back for the URL.

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