Holy copyright Batman!

Last week the original Batmobile from the 1960s television series sold at an auction for USD 4.6 million.In the sideline of this Batnews, a no-so-superhero IP battle is going on: the Batmobile namesake owners are fighting over replicas of this very car.

DC Comics is suing Gotham Garage, a California-based custom paint and auto body shop, that specializes in customizing replicas of the various Batman vehicles. The company has sold two replicas of the original Batmobile, which was designed by George Barris. The cars have sold for $80,000 and $90,000.

According to DC Comics Gotham Garage is violating copyrights and trademarks owned by DC Comics. The copyright includes, according to DC Comics, not only the actual Batmobile, but also the overall look and feel of the car.

Batman was introduced in 1939. A year later he got his his gadget-filled Batmobile. Since the induction, the vehicle has gone through numerous transformations. The 1960s version, however, remain one of the fan’s favorites.

With a new Batman-movie just released, there is a lot of money to be made with the whole Batman-franchise, so it is unlikely that DC Comics is going to let this one slide.

A hearing is scheduled for the end of this month. MarkMatters.com is eagerly following this IP BAT-tle (pun intended).

Erwin Hauër

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