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Spider-Man, Batman beat Kippa Man

Jerusalem yarmulke vendor to pay compensation for improper use of intellectual property on religious headgear

Trying on a yarmulke at Kippa Man on Jaffa Road in Jerusalem, December 7, 2006. (photo credit: Daniel Fleisch/Flash90)
Trying on a yarmulke at Kippa Man on Jaffa Road in Jerusalem, December 7, 2006. (photo credit: Daniel Fleisch/Flash90)

Avi Binyamin, proprietor of the “Kippa Man” yarmulke store in central Jerusalem, has settled out of court a lawsuit brought against him by Marvel Comics and Warner Brothers for unauthorized use of images of their iconic superheroes Spider-Man and Batman, respectively, on his products.

Binyamin will pay each company NIS 25,000 (about $6,800) in compensation, Maariv reported. In their joint lawsuits, the companies had asked for NIS 100,000 (about $27,000) each. Warner Brothers, the owner of DC Comics, had asked for an additional NIS 100,000 to cover lost revenue.

According to the legal representatives of Marvel and Warner Brothers, the companies intend to continue to pursue legal action against small companies in Israel that use their intellectual property without authorization.

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