Frank Darabont sues the bejeezus out of The Walking Dead TV show

Frank Darabont was instrumental in bringing The Walking Dead comic to television. He helped produce the show, he directed the pilot, and then he was pushed out because the show wasn't very good. Now that TWD is one of the mostly watched and profitable series on TV, Darabont would like his cut. Which he says is very, » 12/18/13 9:40am 12/18/13 9:40am

A History of Plagiarism Claims Against James Cameron

James Cameron was recently sued yet again for Avatar, the latest in a long line of plagiarism accusations against the director stretching back to Terminator. But is Cameron a serial plagiarist, or just a popular target for copyright lawsuits? » 7/07/13 7:00am 7/07/13 7:00am

Can you trademark a character from a public domain story?

Hold on to your loincloths! Last week, it was announced that Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. is suing Dynamite Entertainment over its Lord of the Jungle and Warlord of Mars comics. ERB Inc., which represents the Burroughs family, accuses Dynamite of violating the trademark for characters like Tarzan and John Carter. And… » 2/27/12 5:00pm 2/27/12 5:00pm

Harlan Ellison sues yet another science fiction movie for copyright…

Harlan Ellison famously sued James Cameron over The Terminator and won — and now he's going after Andrew "Gattaca" Niccol's new film In Time. Ellison claims In Time is too similar to his story "'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman." And he's not just seeking a payout — he's trying to stop the October 28 release of the … » 9/15/11 1:30pm 9/15/11 1:30pm

Can Batman Save The Watchmen Movie?

The wrangling » 9/24/08 8:40am 9/24/08 8:40am over the legal rights to just gets more and more complicated, as Fox presses its arcane claim to the movie rights to Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' postmodern superhero graphic novel. The latest theory about the case: it's all about Batman, really. Rich Johnson with Lying In The Gutters cites sources who…