In another lawsuit in 2010, Zorro Productions, Inc. sued Mars, M&M`s chocolate candy maker Incorporated, and advertising agency BBDO Worldwide for an ad wearing a Zorro suit. [16] The matter was settled on 13 August 2010 (“each party shall bear its own costs incurred in connection with this action, including the fees and expenses of its lawyers”). [17] In 1963, however, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Gideon v. Wainwright. [4] The court heard the case of Clarence Gideon, a Florida man charged with burglary and burglary. Mr. Gideon was denied a court-appointed lawyer because it was not a death and was forced to represent himself in court.

He was sentenced to five years in prison. From there, he appealed through the system until the Supreme Court finally heard his case. The Court held that the Fourteenth Amendment applied the Sixth Amendment`s attorney guarantee to states through the due process clause. This is a lengthy legal way of saying that states were now obliged to appoint a lawyer in all criminal cases where the interests of liberty of an accused were at stake (where he could be imprisoned). This is a historic decision, if ever there was one. He changed the face of criminal law as it was known at the time, with the simple statement that justice was not just for the rich. Zorro Productions, Inc. argued that it owns the copyright to the original character because Johnston McCulley assigned his Zorro rights to Mitchell Gertz in 1949. Gertz died in 1961 and his estate passed to his children, who founded Zorro Productions, Inc.

Fireworks Entertainment argued that the original rights had been transferred to Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. as early as 1920 and provided documents proving that this had been legally confirmed in 1929, and also questioned the validity of copyright. [1] For a full history of the character, see www.zorro.com/history/ This means that Z – The Musical of Zorro is officially kosher after two decades under a legal cloud. Unfortunately, Zorro encountered an enemy he could not defeat – the American legal system. Disney and ABC have been embroiled in a series of fierce legal battles over ownership of the weekly anthology series The Mickey Mouse Club and Zorro. Since Walt couldn`t agree, he decided to pull Zorro from the program, despite the high ratings the show would surely receive if it returned for a third season. In June 2015, Robert W. Cabell`s litigation with Zorro Productions, Inc. resulted in the invalidity of the Community trade mark `Zorro` by the Office for Harmonisation of the European Union for goods in Classes 16 and 41.

[23] This follows the “Winnetou” decision of the First Board of Appeal of the Office[24], in which the Board of Appeal decided that the names of famous personalities could not be protected as a trademark in these classes. Zorro Productions appealed against that decision and, on 19 December 2017, the Fourth Board of Appeal of EUIPO annulled the lower court`s decision, declared the contested marks valid and ordered Cabell to pay the costs of Zorro Productions` dispute, appeal and court costs. Zorro Productions, Inc. owns approximately 1300 other ZORRO-related brands worldwide. In May 2018, Judge Edward Davila dealt with a complaint filed by Cabell to find that Zorro Productions had infringed the copyright of its musical. [25] In an effort to balance the seemingly friendly portrait of the man responsible for bringing 25% of illegal drugs into the US market – 50% of them heroin – the film discusses the bloody war on drugs and the resulting 80,000 deaths. Mexican journalist Anabel Hernández, author of Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers, offers “an important counterpoint to the intoxicating legend,” as Barnes puts it, accusing the Mexican government of protecting El Chapo while turning his company into a global criminal empire that has no precedent in history. The question now is whether ZPI violated Cabell`s work.

Although Z – The Musical of Zorro is based on public domain material, copyright allows those who give original expression to the previous expression to acquire copyright on new elements. This turns Cabell from an accused counterfeiter into an aggressor, and if he can show that ZPI`s musical has raised its own imaginative flourishes, he wins the case. Ironically, Cabell is aided in his legal efforts by the fact that Gertz received the script for a possible license in 1996. Note: Unofficial means they are not included in the official list of Zorro.com films.[36] As legal maneuvers continued, Disney aired four one-hour Zorro episodes of the anthology series to maintain audience interest in the character. Walt even used Annette Funicello again in one of them, The Postponed Wedding, to capitalize on her popularity. Walt also kept Williams` full salary for two years, but when the legal issues were finally settled out of court, Walt decided that the public had switched to other modes and that it wouldn`t make sense to revive Zorro. Despite this decision, Disney retained the rights to Zorro and paid the Gertz estate $3,500 per year for the privilege. It was not until 1967 that the studio finally ceded its rights to Zorro. In The Curse of Capistrano, Señor Zorro became an outlaw in the pueblo of Los Angeles, California, “to avenge the powerless, punish cruel politicians, help the oppressed” and is called the “curse of Capistrano”.

The novel contains both Don Diego Vega and Zorro in detail, but the fact that they are the same person is only revealed to the reader at the end of the book. In the story, Diego and Zorro romanize Lolita Pulido, a poor noble woman. While Lolita is not impressed by Diego, who claims to be a dispassionate fop, she is attracted to the dashing Zorro.