Thursday, July 21, 2011

Comic Con Enters.

Comic Con has arrived in San Diego yet again. A full week of fandom and splendor. It may be an opportunity for most teenagers to witness their first glimpse of a girl in a Princess Leia Bikini; however for Hollywood's studio system, it's a potential sweep of advertising to the largest collection of devoted pop culture addicts in the world. Though rumor was that this year's fest would be slower and quieter, that has not been the case. Small goodies such as a reveal of "The Avengers" one sheet and chat about trailers to the upcoming "Amazing Spiderman" reboot and "Dark Knight Rises" keeps our comic book zealots alive and kicking . . . Some would even say screaming in joy, as 2012 promises a full year of live action heroism just as 2011 continued it with "Captain America" and "Thor." So keep an eye out for 'Hall H' news!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

OZ Free?

L. Frank Baum wrote "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" in 1900 and have officially fallen into the public domain. MGM still however holds the rights to the ruby red slippers which are their creation - The question of a legal debate has brewed over Oz related merchandise and depiction of the characters based on the script.

Aaron Moss, Greenberg Glusker litigation chairman, says: "The court's statement that the film copyrights cover 'all visual depictions' of the characters recognizes that there is often a quintessential version of a literary character that exists in the public's mind as a result of a popular film adaption. Any filmmaker that wants to create a new version of a literary work -- even one in the public domain -- needs to be careful not to use copyrightable elements of characters that first appear in protected motion picture versions of the works. Of course, when it comes to characters depicted by live actors, this may be easier said than done."