Batmobile Entitled to Copyright Protection

The U.S. Supreme Court let stand a lower court ruling which held that the Batmobile’s bat-like appearance and high-tech gadgets make it a character that can’t be duplicated without premission from the copyright holder, DC Comics. The high court’s move is a blow to Gotham Garage, the maker of Batmobile replica modification kits, and it means third parties must get a license from DC Comics to create and sell vehicles that look like the one driven by Batman and Robin.