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No. 13-1407 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE TENTH CIRCUIT
S
TAN
L
EE
M
EDIA
,
 
I
 NC
.
Plaintiff / Appellant
versus
T
HE
W
ALT
D
ISNEY
C
OMPANY
 
 Defendant / Appellee
Appeal from U.S. District Court, District Of Colorado The Honorable William J. Martinez U.S.D.C. Case No. 1:12-cv-02663-WJM-KMT
APPELLANT’S OPENING BRIEF
Robert S. Chapman Jon-Jamison Hill EISNER, KAHAN, GORRY, CHAPMAN, ROSS & JAFFE 9601 Wilshire Boulevard Suite 700 Beverly Hills, California 90210 Telephone: (310) 855-3200 Facsimile: (310) 855-3201 John V. McDermott Mark T. Barnes BROWNSTEIN HYATT FARBER SCHRECK, LLP 410 Seventeenth Street Suite 2200 Denver, Colorado 80202 Telephone: (303) 223-1100 Facsimile: (303) 223-1111 Attorneys or Appeant Stan Lee Media, Inc.
ORAL ARGUMENT IS REQUESTED
Appellate Case: 13-1407 Document: 01019186870 Date Filed: 01/15/2014 Page: 1
 
i CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT The undersigned counsel for Appellant Stan Lee Media, Inc. states that: (a) Stan Lee Media, Inc. is a non-governmental corporate party; (b) Stan Lee Media, Inc. does not have a parent corporation; and (c) no publically held corporation owns ten percent (10%) or more of Stan Lee Media, Inc. STATEMENT OF RELATED APPEALS There have been no prior appeals in this matter, and Appellant Stan Lee Media, Inc. is not aware of any related appeals pending in this Court. Dated: January 15, 2014 EISNER, KAHAN GORRY, CHAPMAN ROSS & JAFFE By:
 /s/ Robert S. Chapman
 Robert S. Chapman Attorneys for Appellant Stan Lee Media, Inc.
Appellate Case: 13-1407 Document: 01019186870 Date Filed: 01/15/2014 Page: 2
 
ii TABLE OF CONTENTS CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT .......................................................... i
 
STATEMENT OF RELATED APPEALS ................................................................. i
 
JURISDICTION ......................................................................................................... 1
 
INTRODUCTION ..................................................................................................... 2
 
STATEMENT OF ISSUES ....................................................................................... 4
 
STATEMENT OF FACTS ........................................................................................ 4
 
I.
 
Stan Lee’s Copyright Assigment And Disney’s Use Of The Characters. ....... 4
 
II.
 
Litigation Prior To SLMI’s Lawsuit Against Disney. ..................................... 6
 
STATEMENT OF THE CASE .................................................................................. 9
 
STANDARD OF REVIEW ..................................................................................... 10
 
SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT ............................................................................... 10
 
LEGAL ARGUMENT ............................................................................................. 11
 
I.
 
STANDARDS ON APPEAL. ....................................................................... 11
 
II.
 
SLMI’S COPYRIGHT INFRINGMENT CLAIM IS NOT BARRED BY COLLATERAL ESTOPPEL. ........................................................................ 12
 
A.
 
Abadin I Did Not Decide The Issue Of SLMI’s Copyright Ownership Or The Validity Of Stan Lee’s Assignment to SLMI. ..... 14
 
1.
 
Abadin I’s Finding That The Claims Are Barred By Applicable Statutes Of Limitations Does Not Equate To A Determination Of Copyright Ownership. ............................. 17
 
2.
 
As A Matter Of Law, Neither Abadin I, Nor This Case, Is A Copyright Ownership Case. .................................................. 19
 
Appellate Case: 13-1407 Document: 01019186870 Date Filed: 01/15/2014 Page: 3

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