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Marvel and Syfy/NBCU targeted by separate infringement suits

by on Aug.06, 2012, under Movies, Television

In two separate suits, both Marvel and NBCU/Syfy are being sued for alleged trademark and copyright infringements.

Marvel (along with Disney corporate sibling Buena Vista Home Entertainment) is being sued by the German luggage manufacturer who made a special luxury briefcase used in the movie. Not because if its use in the movie, however – they had permission – but because Marvel/BVHE planned to distribute a [sfs=1253]special box set of Avengers movies[/sfs] in a replica attache case, and they haven’t received permission for that – yet.

In the other case, Preston Asevedo, a Louisiana artist, filed suit against NBC Universal/Syfy and the creators of the show Dream Machines over the use of a piece of art that can be seen on the outside sign of the Parker Brothers’ shop in each episode of the recently aired first season of the show, where the brothers and their team build custom futuristic vehicles for celebrities and charities. Check out the images below of the original work and the one seen in the show:

It isn’t just similar – it looks like someone took the original, inverted it and dressed it up. It also appears that Asevedo had contacted the Parkers, who acknowledged that they used a variation of the art for their own logo but were unable to determine who the original artist was, and wanted to work with Asevedo to give him credit and remuneration. But apparently they weren’t able to reach and agreement, and Asevedo filed suit.

Lesson learned – unless the art is provably in the public domain, make sure you get permission or don’t use it…

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Special preview of NBC’s Revolution to air tonight during the Olympics

by on Aug.06, 2012, under General News

In case you were wondering what happened to the planned extended teaser preview of NBC’s Revolution that was supposed to air Saturday night, NBC silently canceled it when they shuffled around their tape-delayed airing of the sporting events that day. Instead, they are going to air a shorter preview (about 2:40 in length) tonight during a commercial pod taking place prior to the airing of the Women’s Gymnastics Uneven Bars competition, sometime between 10:45pm and 11:15pm EDT.

The drama comes from producers J.J. Abrams and Eric Kripke and director Jon Favreau – read on for the official description.
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Grimm Season One on Blu-ray/DVD tomorrow

by on Aug.06, 2012, under Television

The first season of NBC’s hit series Grimm hits the shelves tomorrow on [sfs=1251]Blu-ray[/sfs] and [sfs=1252]DVD[/sfs] tomorrow, not far in advance of the return of the series next Monday, August 13th, at 10/9c! A perfect time to order it and review before the new season starts!

In the meantime, check the clips below and full description of the set!
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