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Character Copyrights and the Public Domain

When does a still image -- or a series of such images -- embody a "character" for purposes of copyright law? In Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. v. X One X Prods ., 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 13646 (8th Cir. July 5, 2011) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers / unenhanced version...