Source: Warner Bros. Wins Lawsuit Over Fictional Technology in 'Dark Knight Rises'
The ruling in a recent lawsuit filed and lost by software superpower, Fortres Gran, succeeded in establishing a potentially earth shattering prescedent in the entertainment world. This is going to sound way more complicated than it is - and if you need the long-winded version click here – but what had happened was: Warner Bros was sued by some software company no one had ever heard of, Fortres Gran, who sells a product called “Clean Slate,” which “can be used to erase the trail of history on one's computer.” Sharp-eyed readers will notice that this product bears a striking similarity to Clean Slate, the computer program Catwoman was after in The Dark Knight Rises that, coincidentally enough, can be used to erase the history of anyone.
Basically, Fortres Gran sued Warner Bros for using their name on a fictional product that does the same thing. The question before the court was: “is it trademark infringement if a fictional company or product in a movie or television drama bears the same name or brand as a real company or product?”
And it seems that no, no it isn’t.
Buuuuuuut, if you think about it, this means that Warner Bros just proved that it’s ok to use the same name of a real product in a movie even if it’s basically the same product. So, in the spirit of this ruling, I am proud to announce to you The Outhousers’ first Kicksarter: The Dark Knight Watches!
The Dark Knight Watches tells the tale of a lonely medieval knight who stands forever alone, blocking a sacred path. After countless years of letting no one pass, The Dark Knight discovers the secret to communicating with creatures of the night, leading local villagers to call him The Batman. As time passes, as civilizations rise and fall, The Dark Knight never abandons his post, even as a strip mall is built around him. Finding that a comic book store has appeared, The Batman stares, day in and day out, at the Donkey Crap Comics display. The DC Comics catalogue features such books as Superman – a comic book adaptation of Friedrich Nietzsche and his influence on Nazi philosophy, Power Girl – an ‘adult book’ by Alan Moore about a young woman’s sexual journey after she falls through a portal in her ‘boob window,’ and Aquaman – A Kanye West bio-comic highlighting the artist's deep and profound love of fish-sticks.
I don’t want to give too much away, but, at one point, The Batman must decide between his holy post and rescuing DC Comics from dung flinging monkey-men from Apokolips.
Trust me, true believers; you want to be apart of this.
How about you? Got any good ideas for comics to feature in our DC Comics display? Let us know in the comments section or on Facebook. We promise to steal all the good ideas.
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