Tom Hardy and Venom

Believe it or not, even in U.S. courts you need a better reason to sue someone than “If they stopped doing business, I would do more business.” You actually have to prove (or, rather, plausibly allege and then prove) that the business they’re doing is not only coming at your expense but through unfair, unethical, or illegal means.

That, at least, is the bigger theory behind a lot of the nitty gritty in intellectual property law: It’s not just a matter of getting in on someone else’s action, it’s the capacity for doing so to damage the potency of the original. To use a relevant example: When DC Comics went on a lawsuit-filing spree to …

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