DC Comics, Inc. v. Filmation Associates, Inc.
486 F. Supp. 1273 (S.D.N.Y. 1986)
This trial decision, involving DC Comics', "Plasticman" and "Aquaman" characters, has gone further than any other in upholding and broadening character protection under the U.S. Trademark Act by holding the ingredients of entertainment characters to function as symbols of origin that can be protected from unauthorized copying. After the jury awarded DC $1.2 million, it accepted a remittitur lowering the damage award.
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