Archive for October, 2009
Superhero Intellectual Property – In brightest day, in blackest night, no infringer shall escape their sight
Superheroes have armor to protect their bodies, and gadgets to fight their enemies, but what protects them from impostors, what can they use to fight off infringers? A superhero’s intellectual property consists of everything from their insignia to their gadgets and even their catch phrases. In some cases intellectual property protection safeguards the means by which they obtained their powers and their very DNA.
“No one is above the law…and now this principle will be the driving force of my presidency.” – Lex Luther
On Tuesday, September 29, 2009, DC Universe released “Superman/Batman: Public Enemies,” a title that immediately got my attention. Overall I recommend the movie to anyone who is a fan of cartoons of either character, especially if you like the Justice League Unlimited series. The basic premise is that Lex Luther is elected President of the United States and he reaches out to his former adversaries, the superheroes of the world, to unite under his authority for the good of our country. Superman and Batman refuse his invitation and continue to fight crime on their own. Meanwhile, in space, a giant meteor made of kryptonite approaches the planet and threatens to kill most of the population.
There’s a new page on the Superhero Law blog for questions sent in by readers. Check out the first question dealing with a team of superheroes caught in a villain’s trap. Click on the “Messages” link in the navigation bar and send in your own questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many of the laws of our society are drafted with our mortality in mind, some are even written because we’re mortal. The interplay between death and the law has been studied by scholars and philosophers for centuries, gaining increasing attention with advances in medical science. The certainty of death is one constant not present in the lives of many superheroes. Was Dostoyevsky right, can there be no virtue without immortality, or do these invincible beings create an unnecessary complication in our lives and laws?
Superhero Immigration – Give me your superhumans, your technological geniuses, your mutated masses yearning to fight crime
“America has constantly drawn strength and spirit from wave after wave of immigrants…” and no immigrants provide this country with more strength or spirit than transplanted superheroes. Whether they come from another country, another planet, or even another plane of existence, the immigration laws of the United States create a series of formidable legal challenges imposing to even the most powerful beings.