Ep # 6: A (Ph)anatical Guide to Characters and Costumes
This week IP Goes Pop! goes to the ballgame, as Host and Volpe Koenig Shareholder Michael Snyder and breaks down a pending lawsuit, THE PHILLIES v. HARRISON/ERICKSON INC. What’s at stake in the case? The future of the Phillies Phanatic mascot. Mostly in appearance.
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In this episode, Michael summarizes the ongoing case, and reviews the intellectual property issues and future implications of this case. Whether you're a Philadelphia sports fan or just a fan of sports mascots in general, this case of IP going pop should be a home run.
The Phillies v. Harrison/Erickson Inc.
02:17 Lawsuit background and intellectual property issues
05:47 Copyright Act, Termination of Transfers and Licenses Under 17 U.S.C. §203
10:06 Copyright Office, “Help: Type of Work”
11:46 Star Athletica v. Varsity Brands, No. 15—866
13:57 Harrison/Erickson creations
“From Muppets To Mascots: The Incredible Journey of Bonnie Erickson”
Ribbie and Roobarb (Chicago White Sox)
Stuff the Magic Dragon – Orlando Magic
17:05 Phanatic Costume Modifications
“Phillies unveil modified Phillie Phanatic during first home spring training game”
“The Phillies Unveil a New Phanatic as Lawyers Fight Over Mascot Copyright”
Hiroshima Toyo Carp Mascot “Slyly”
23:24 Significance of Lawsuit