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Intellectual property dispute over Dr. Suess/Star Trek mashup

Authors in California and across the country often labor in order to have the products of their minds reach as many people as possible. As a result, many people want to ensure that others do not benefit from their efforts. A recent lawsuit in an intellectual property dispute was filed by Dr. Seuss Enterprises, representing works created by Theodor S. Geisel, against ComicMix.

According to court papers, ComicMix has raised several thousands of dollars as part of a Kickstarter campaign for the creation of a book titled, "Oh, The Places You'll Boldly Go!' However, the lawsuit claims that the project copies copyrighted works by meticulously copying pages from Dr. Seuss books. Since the initiation of legal proceedings, the fundraising campaign has been suspended.

The plaintiffs argue that ComicMix has not received appropriate authorization from those who hold the copyright for the works involved and that its use of Dr. Seuss images creates the false impression regarding the copyright holder's consent to use such images. Details included on the Kickstarter page indicate that ComicMix anticipated claims regarding copyright violations may become an issue. It lists that although an intellectual property dispute might arise, it believes that its book falls under fair use boundaries.

Those in California who use the creativity of their mind to create works of art want to ensure that others cannot profit from their efforts. By protecting their work, they can also ensure that the intent of their work is not confused or seemed to promote others. In order to provide such protection, an intellectual property dispute may occur. Fortunately, there is help for those wanting to protect what they created.

Source: hollywoodreporter.com, "Dr. Seuss Enterprises Suing Over 'Star Trek' Mashup", Eriq Gardner, Nov. 14, 2016

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