Mark Towle runs a business selling replicas of famous cars from television shows and movies. For the past three years, I’ve been defending Mark Towle in a lawsuit brought by DC Comics over Mark’s sale of reproductions of the 1966 Batmobile and the 1989 Batmobile. While many people think that the sale of Batmobile’s is per se illegal, Congress specifically excluded the design of automobiles from copyright protection.
On Thursday, February 5, 2015, I was able to argue this issue to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Here’s an article on the case from the Daily Journal to give you some background, and you can watch the oral argument below. We should have a decision on the case in a few months.