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Hank Azaria Wins Copyright Tiff With Craig Bierko Over Sports Character
By SP_COP on February 25, 2014 | From www.contactmusic.com
Hank Azaria Wins Copyright Tiff With Craig Bierko Over Sports Character Actor Hank Azaria has won a legal wrangle with Cinderella Man star Craig Bierko over a comical sports announcer they both insisted they had created.

The Simpsons regular asked a judge to declare his copyright over the Jim Brockmire character, which he portrayed in a 2010 FunnyorDie.com video following a spat between the two actors.

The copyright dispute was resolved on Friday (21Feb14) when a judge ruled in Azaria's favour, allowing him to move forward with plans to create a film featuring the brash baseball announcer, despite opposition from Bierko.

Azaria claimed he created the Brockmire character as a party piece in the mid-1980s and only became aware of Bierko's similar creation when they met at a party through mutual friend Matthew Perry.

Azaria filed his lawsuit in 2012 after premiering the FunnyorDie video Jim Brockmire, a Legend in the Booth. The mockumentary, which featured real-life U.S. sports announcers, became a viral hit. He feared a legal threat from Bierko, who previously had opposed Azaria's plans to make a film featuring the character.

In his ruling on Friday, U.S. District Judge Gary Feess stated that Azaria had created character attributes and clothing, while Bierko's announcer was "extremely vague"....
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