May the 4th of Law be with You!

You may know that Saturday, May 4th is informally known as “Star Wars Day.”  

May the fourth has turned into “May the Force” Day for Star Wars fans around the globe.  

With that in mind, on “Star Wars Day,” we’ll look at some of the most notable cases involving this film series that’s earned more than 42 billion dollars!

When you have a film series that’s earned more than 42 billion dollars, you’re likely to vigorously protect those intellectual property (IP) rights. Film rights are rights under copyright law to produce a film as a derivative work of an item of intellectual property. There are also music rights, digital rights, TV rights, theatrical rights, distribution rights, licensing, royalties, profit sharing, and much more.

Lucasfilm owns federally-registered trademarks and copyrights in several characters from the Star Wars films, including the “Stormtrooper,” “Darth Vader,” “Darth Maul,” “Chewbacca,” “Luke Skywalker,” “Princess Leia,” “Han Solo,” “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” and “Yoda” characters. 

So, if you’re an IP attorney for George Lucas—or now Disney—you have a full-time job. Here are some of the legal entanglements that have come up around this iconic series.  

Read the rest of the article at One Legal.