Saturday, August 28, 2004

Garfield sues Chinese publishers: Reuters reports that Jim Davis' Paws, Inc. has filed a lawsuit against three Chinese companies it accuses of publishing Garfield books without permission. According to China Daily, the copyright-infringement lawsuit asks that the companies stop publishing and selling the books, recall and destroy all unsold copies, and make a public apology. In addition, Paws requests more than $93,000 in compensation for legal fees.

However, an attorney for one of the defendants, Xiwang Publishing House, claims Paws has no standing because the Garfield copyright is actually held by United Features Syndicate. Paws has furnished a copyright-transfer agreement, but the lawyer asserts it's invalid because it doesn't include a signature from Paws.