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    Tue, 30 Dec 2008 11:00:04

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    The drama surrounding the graphic novel-turned-tentpole-film, Watchmen, continues to escalate. Warner Bros. issued a statement yesterday, saying that it is prepared to go to trial or to appeal District Court Judge Gary Feess' ruling last week. Feess ruled that Warner Bros. had indeed infringed on Fox's copyright when it adapted the film, claiming Fox still has rights to distribution of the film and that the matter should be resolved through the legal system. The Warner Bros. statement read: "We respectfully but vigorously disagree with the court's ruling and are exploring all of our appellate options. We continue to believe that Fox's claims have no merit and that we will ultimately prevail, whether at trial or in the Court of Appeals."

    Fox, on the other hand, isn't backing down or seeking the easy way out. The studio is looking for an injunction against Warner Bros. planned March 6 release date, as opposed to merely settling outside of court. Despite all the legal drama, the film has generated a deafening buzz via word of mouth publicity, and the film is considered to be a crucial release on WB's slate for 2009. Fox issued its own statement regarding the matter, which read, "We are gratified by the recognition of our rights in the Judge's order, which speaks for itself." Fox is already being pounded by the graphic novel's fans on message boards and in the blog world, since they consider Watchmen to be a sacred property in their universe.

    —The ARTISTdirect Staff

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