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June 28, 2006

Missed It: Recognizing Twist v. McFarlane’s First Amendment Aspects

imageOpinion articles like this one seem to be picking up the latest turn in the Tony Twist/Todd McFarlane case for its First Amendment implications as opposed to the personal and business drama experienced by a prominent member of the comics and toy industries. It's good to be reminded of this. From my viewpoint, McFarlane's use of elements of Twist's public personality for his comic character hitman Antonio Twistelli seems reasonable, the right to publically exploit one's public persona in exactly the way desired doesn't seem like a competing right, and it's probably right to be concerned this case's success could make all sorts of satirical work harder to do in the future.
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