The Electric Commentary

Monday, July 12, 2004

Hockey Player with Mobster-sounding Name sues Comic Artist for Naming a Mobster After Him

Tony Twist, who is apparently a hockey player won $15 million in a lawsuit against Todd McFarlane for creating a character with the same name in his Spawn comic book. Eugene Volokh comments here. Volokh also submitted an amicus brief that is worth reading. One issue Volokh did not touch on and I'm not sure whether the court did either is whether or not McFarlane even heard of Tony Twist. I sure haven't. It just sounds like a mobster's name. How famous, according to the Missouri court, does a person need to be in order to have their name protected from being used in comic books?


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