Los Angeles Entertainment Lawyer Protects Cartoon Characters from Infringement

Los Angeles – Cartoon characters have rights, so the first step that cartoonists need to take to protect their work from infringement is to file for copyright. Graphic characters can be protected forms of intellectual property under copyright and trademark law.

A relevant lawsuit is currently underway involving a gentleman who claims he created and pitched a “spiritual kung-fu fighting panda bear” to DreamWorks Animation in 2001 but was rejected. The studio later created “Kung Fu Panda” with Jack Black, grossing $632 million, and adding even more in merchandise and a sequel set for summertime 2011. The case is currently in the discovery phase, and the artist will attempt to prove DreamWorks had access to his ideas in advance of developing the movie and had intent to trade on the artist’s goodwill.

In this age of hypermedia, graphic characters often go from one medium to another as well as one channel of commerce to other cross-marketing efforts. Courts consider both the visual and narrative resemblance of cartoon characters, and measure the similarities of personalities, behaviors, biographies and story lines in making their decisions. Only the specific and unique way that a character is drawn and acts is protected.

“Cartoons are a highly profitable industry. Legal protection to ensure their images and names are sheltered from exploitation is crucial,” said Anthony Spotora, Los Angeles entertainment lawyer. “Copyright, trademark, contract law and unfair competition are all legal strategies to protect the owners of graphic characters.”

Spotora & Associates assists clients in acquiring intellectual property rights through the state, federal, and international laws. They monitor potential right infringements and push to enforce acquired rights through contracts, licensing, and precise negotiations.

“Cartoon artists are in a much stronger position if they seek out a lawyer to proactively protect their characters and argue cases when an issue comes up,” Spotora said. “Many artists also want to create similar characters for new clients, so it’s important to include particular language in contracts to ensure this can be done with different companies and media.”

Spotora’s firm of senior-level entertainment attorneys are skilled in working with cartoonists, studios, agencies, managers and distributors. They work with each client to protect their works and increase revenue.

To learn more, visit https://www.spotoralaw.com/.

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