Is an MLB Mascot About to Change Hollywood’s Future?August 11, 2021 – Media Mention
Litigation Chair, Aaron Moss, was featured in The Hollywood Reporter article "Is an MLB Mascot About to Change Hollywood’s Future?" regarding developments in a battle between the Philadelphia Phillies and Harrison/Erickson over rights to Phillie Phanatic.
“[T]he Phillies case could have an impact far beyond the world of sports mascots, potentially serving as a blueprint for motion picture studios looking to ways to retain rights in fictional characters. So long as relatively modest changes are made to a character before copyright termination is effected, that derivative version could be used even after termination. And if the modified version has become the definitive representation of the character in the eyes of the public, this could significantly devalue the original grantor’s termination rights.”
Read The Hollywood Reporter article here.
Read Aaron's coverage of the court's recommendation on Copyright Lately here.