Late in October last year, just days before Lucasfilms Ltd sold themselves to Disney, I and several other Red Bubblers had our images of Lego Star Wars figures removed after a complaint by Lucasfilms Ltd that their copyright was being infringed. Whilst some of these artworks were simply portraits of the characters, most were cartoons lampooning certain of the characters. Several of us issued counter-notices explaining that the artworks were parodies and thus excepted from copyright restrictions under US law. We then had to write a second set of counter-notices explaining how each work was a parody – how dense can these lawyers be? Or was it just that the Lucasfilms boys wanted to show Disney they were doing something about copyright infringements and we are now dealing with bemused Disney lawyers who are trying to figure out why they bothered?
That was early in January. Three months later, we are still waiting for their reply. When will Lucasfilms lawyers realise they have been left, literally, Without A Leg To Stand On?
NOTE to Lucasfilms Lawyers: THIS IS A PARODY! (See – the lawyers are lying around without a leg to stand on after young Anikin has discovered what a light sabre can do – it’s a joke! Get it?)