One character in a Dr. Seuss book doesn’t like green eggs and ham – at least according to witness Sam, I Am – but apparently the estate of the late children’s author likes what they believe to be unauthorized uses of their work even less.
Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the California company that owns the rights to all the works of author and illustrator Theodor S. Geisel – better known as Dr. Seuss – have sued a Connecticut-based comic book company, ComicMix, as well as the company’s president for copyright and trademark infringement, and unfair competition. It’s all over a book called Oh, the Places You’ll Boldly Go! written by classic Star Trek scribe David Gerrold and illustrated by Ty Templeton.
Gerrold, whose real name is David Jerrold Friedman, is best known for writing the popular Star Trek episode “The Trouble With Tribbles.” He and Templeton also are defendants in the suit, where the Dr. Seuss estate is demanding up to $150,000 for each copyrighted work infringed, or actual damages. The estate also wants all profits and other revenue earned by the comic book, which according to the lawsuit had raised $30,000 on Kickstarter before the crowdfunding site removed the campaign citing a copyright infringement complaint.
The estate also has asked the Los Angeles federal court for an injunction against ComicMix and the other defendants, preventing them from moving forward with the comic book while the lawsuit is in progress.