Ep # 6: A (Ph)anatical Guide to Characters and Costumes

  • 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

            “The Woman Behind Miss Piggy

            “From Muppets To Mascots: The Incredible Journey of Bonnie Erickson”

            Ribbie and Roobarb (Chicago White Sox)

            Duncan the Dragon

            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

21:05   Cousins?

            Slyly (Hiroshima Toyo Carp)

            Hiroshima Toyo Carp Mascot “Slyly”

23:24 Significance of Lawsuit


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