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Batman sues Batman
Kling on HM (WebMaster!)
2004/7/19 7:51
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I thought I had pretty much seen it all.....

Batman has a new adversary: Batman.

The mayor of an oil-producing city in southeastern Turkey, which has the same name as the Caped Crusader, is suing helmer Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros. for royalties from mega-grosser "The Dark Knight."

Huseyin Kalkan, the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party mayor of Batman, has accused "The Dark Knight" producers of using the city's name without permission.

"There is only one Batman in the world," Kalkan said. "The American producers used the name of our city without informing us."

No one from the town of Batman has explained why it took so many years to take legal action. Batman first appeared as a comicbook character in 1939 and the "Batman" TV series started in 1966. Tim Burton's first bigscreen rendition for Warner Bros. came out in 1989. Undoubtedly the fact that "Dark Knight" is about to pass the $1 billion mark at the B.O. played a part in stirring the ire of the Turkish hamlet.

The mayor is prepping a series of charges against Nolan and Warner Bros., which owns the right to the Batman character, including placing the blame for a number of unsolved murders and a high female suicide rate on the psychological impact that the film's success has had on the city's inhabitants.

Former natives of Batman are also said to have encountered obstacles when attempting to register their businesses abroad.

The mayor is working on gathering evidence he claims will show that the city of Batman predates the 1939 debut of Bob Kane's superhero in DC Comics.

"We are only aware of this claim via press reports and have not seen any actual legal action," a Warner Bros. rep said in a statement.

While the town of Batman has suddenly shown great interest in the property, there's no evidence that the citizenry has ever shown much loyalty to the Caped Crusader -- not even on Halloween.

Here is the link to the article.

Posted on: 14 11 08 09:04 am
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Re: Batman sues Batman
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2003/8/17 10:44
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These guys are idiots

Posted on: 14 11 08 09:43 am
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Re: Batman sues Batman
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2004/3/13 7:23
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Winterhawk wrote:
These guys are idiots

Yeah...I saw this the other day on MS-NBC,,,and thought "W T F ?" them I got to thinkin': either it's money or publicity they're after. Either way, I have to agree with 'Hawk: What a bunch of uber-dorks!

Posted on: 14 11 08 11:45 am
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2005/9/18 18:53
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My personal belief is that one crazy person has this opinion and then the press latch onto it and blow it out of all proportion just so they can report an interesting story.

Posted on: 14 11 08 01:32 pm
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2004/8/27 20:35
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Winterhawk wrote:
These guys are idiots

Unfortunately, any idiot can file a lawsuit.

Posted on: 14 11 08 01:44 pm
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2003/8/26 22:16
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OMFG! Are you effin' serious?!?! What a friggin' moron...
Batman= a town in Bum Fudged Turkey vs. Batman= every criminals insomnia inducing crime fighter??

The names probably weren't even pronounced the same originally...they only changed pronounciation cuz they saw an opportunity...

Finacial Advisor: "Sir, you've run the towns fund into the ground with your visits to the brothels...

mayor: "Oh,damn.. I got an idea! Let's sue those American bastards at Warner Brothers for using our town's name!"

Posted on: 15 11 08 04:34 pm
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2006/7/18 19:52
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It truly is the height of lunacy! As far as I know, no one's ever copyrighted the name of their town nor has it ever been considered a copyrightable material. I guess Dallas from Rock of Love and Charm School and Houston Alexander from the UFC are now in danger of being sued by Texas. Then again, I guess Washington D.C. could kill off the whole Justice League. Then what about towns with the same name... like Hollywood in Fl. and Cal. or Albany in Georgia and New York. Then again, NY also has towns named Berlin and Rome, among others. Okay, this case should last about 2 blinks in a court room.

Posted on: 16 11 08 07:31 am
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2005/1/4 16:43
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Well, you can't copyright names or titles, only concepts. So, unless Batman the town is covered in bat-paraphnalia and strikes fear into the superstious and cowardly lot of criminals their lawsuit holds no water.

Posted on: 17 11 08 08:18 pm
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