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When the founders of Montreal comic book company Ben and Raymond Lai watched the 2018 Marvel movie “Avengers: Infinity War,” they said they knew they had to sue Marvel Entertainment – again.
The Lai brothers, founders of Horizon Comics Productions, claim that the armor worn by Iron Man in the film is too similar to the outfit worn by Maxwell, a character they developed for their Radix comic book series in the early 1980s. 2000s.
“After years of legal disputes and substantial sums of money, they continue to copy our characters,” Raymond Lai said in a statement to The Canadian Press. “It causes us significant damage and has an impact on our ability to make a living as artists. Obviously, this repeated behavior cannot be accepted. “
The brothers sued Marvel Entertainment and its owner, The Walt Disney Company, in 2013. They claimed that the outfit worn by Iron Man in a poster for Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” looked too much like a costume for another Radix character, Caliban. The brothers, however, lost this legal case.
<div class="c-ad c-ad--bigbox l-article__ad"> <p>L'histoire continue sous la publicité </div> <div class="l-article__part" data-shortcode="readmore"> <p class="c-readmore"> <span class="c-readmore__label"><strong>Lire la suite: </strong></span> Stan Lee poursuit l'ancien manager, alléguant qu'il a volé des millions (et son sang) </p> </div>Ben et Raymond Lai disent que Marvel a de nouveau copié leurs créations. Et leurs avocats disent qu'ils ont une affaire parce que les affirmations des frères impliquent de nouveaux costumes Marvel dans différents films Marvel.
On April 22, lawyers for the Montreal comic book company filed a motion in Quebec Superior Court against Marvel Entertainment and Disney for alleged copyright infringement. They say Marvel’s Ant-Man, Wasp, and Iron Man characters have body armor that is surprisingly similar to the clothes they created for their superheroes.
The plaintiffs are suing for compensatory damages that have not yet been disclosed, and they are asking the court to issue a permanent injunction against Marvel and Disney to “end this willful and persistent violation,” according to the lawsuit.
Several interview requests to Marvel and Disney were not returned. Not all of the Lai brothers’ claims have been proven in court.
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