New study claims Slender Man is in the commons, argues assertion of trademark rights “chills creativity”

A new academic paper studying the IP status of internet folklore argues that online community-created works are in the commons. It suggests that claims of ownership – under both copyright and trademark law – harm the public by depriving it of more creative works. The research focuses primarily on Slender Man and predicts that the release of a major Hollywood movie next year could lead to entities seeking to “exclusively own” the horror character.

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