I'm Batman's Lawyer
Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.
4000 Warner Blvd.,
Burbank, CA 91522
It has come to my attention that a self-published writer named Joseph David Chadwick (pen name: Sugar Ray Dodge) of Tel Aviv, Israel has been using your copyrighted trademark names and images for self-enrichment, which, I believe, is a clear-cut violation of the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) of 1996.
As proof of this, I offer you this URL (http://www.sugarraydodge.com/2016/09/batmans-big-break-parody-of-batman-and.html?m=1) in which he violates DC’s/Warner’s trademarked Batman franchise to rail about being threatened with a lawsuit over copyright infringement. It boggles the mind that one person can hold so much stupid in one skull in doing this but it is what it is.
Mr. Chadwick is being threatened with a $10,000,000 lawsuit by Mr. James Nguyen of Los Angeles for the illegal use of his copyrighted movie Birdemic. Mr. Chadwick had done this by parodying the movie in his recent self-published book, Mystery Science Storybook. Seemingly giving the heft and weight of legal viability and consensus to Mr. Nguyen’s claims is the fact that the filmmaker had successfully prevailed upon Amazon and two other online book vendors to drop Mr. Chadwick’s book from their sites.
Adding to his burgeoning legal woes is his violation of the copyright to the Mystery Science Theater 3000 franchise which is now owned by Shout!Factory and their legal team is looking into it.
As I have not read any of Mr. Chadwick’s books, I am not in a position to say whether he has elsewhere violated DC’s/Warner’s copyright of the highly lucrative Batman franchise or how often he has. What I do know is that he had posted on his blog today a series of original comic panels (presumably not found in his now banned book, given their topical nature). He fancies himself an artist as well as a writer and satirist and had put up several panels of a cartoon railing about his so-called persecution of a certain filmmaker and the latter’s allegations of copyright infringement.
As stated above, I am gobsmacked that a human being can be so stupid as to complain about allegations of copyright infringement of a movie franchise by violating another movie franchise and then to unite that with an ongoing crowdfunding campaign to make up for his allegedly lost book royalties.
And that is what makes this illegal: As a formality, I have gone through your site’s Terms of Service (even though I had a fair idea of what to expect from it) and realized what he’d posted on his blog was a clearcut violation of your TOS. In short, he is using trademarked images and names for commercial purposes as he’s using said copyrighted names and images to enrich himself.
Now, Chadwick tries to make a point when he says in his Batman strip that corporations generally don’t sue independent authors for copyright infringement but my reading on the subject tells me otherwise. Corporations such as Warner’s will indeed sue violators, regardless of economic strata, into oblivion for just that reason- Because they don’t have access to legal representation. However, and this is something Chadwick keeps from his readers, last May he’d just signed a six figure contract with an Israeli publisher in Tel Aviv named Masala that came with a staff job.
So he is hardly the poor, persecuted, penniless indie writer he presents himself as. Warner’s can sue him and sue him for lots.
As a disclaimer, it ought to be said this man is a bully and an online stalker. He has made my life miserable for over two years now and had since that time resorted to online stalking, harassment and bullying to make some vague point. He has written fake one star reviews of my novels without either buying or reading them in an attempt to cost me book sales and stalked me where ever I have an internet footprint.
I would like nothing better than for this man, for want of a better word, to leave me alone so I can devote my fulltime energies to writing and selling my books. However, his obsessive, incessant, never-ending stalking has left me little recourse but to alert pertinent copyright holders in the pursuit of getting this miscreant removed and hounded from the internet where he may never again stalk, harass or bully any random strangers ever again.
In the interests of thoroughness, I have duplicated this snail-mailed letter by sending it both to your legal department’s email address as well as on your website’s online form.
Thank you for your time and please do not hesitate to contact me if you need more information about Mr. Chadwick and his illegal online activities.