We’ve got some news of an interesting story via our very own Lan Pitts:
Apparently, a Bradenton, Fla., figurine maker is hitting some trouble with DC Comics. DC has claimed that it has told John Stacks to cease and desist creating resin figurines of the old Adam West Batman TV series for years. According to the Bradenton Herald, the lawsuit could reach up to $7.5 million.
Yet Stacks has claimed, both in person and on his website, that he is not creating figures of DC Comics characters, but figures of the actors while they were wearing costumes designed by Jan Jemp, while employed by William Dozier.
Stacks also claims that he was hardly making any money from the operation, and that he was doing it with the actors’ permission. Yet Burt Ward’s lawyer says there is no connection between Ward and Stacks.
“I don’t have the money to fight this, so I don’t know where I’m going to go with it,” Stacks said.
Boy, on the one hand, he seems like an easy retailer to buy out and incorporate for your own mass production ends, but on the other hand, that is a slippery slope if you allow someone to consistently violate your copyright, even for a small amount of money. What say you, Rama readers?