Cursor Animation Lawsuits to Proceed
For Immediate Release
Johnny Pixel Productions Announces Legal Action Over Cursor Animation.
Bellevue, WA, 4/1/2012 - Johnny Pixel Productions, Inc. announced today that it will be moving forward with plans to take legal action to protect its copyright in the animation of computer display text insertion point markers, commonly called "cursors" and sometimes called "carets." Company spokeswoman April Ersten outlined a series of lawsuits that will be filed tomorrow, Monday, April 2, 2012, against publishers of popular operating systems regarding their unauthorized usage of the special cursor animation, using 4/1 interval sequence timing, in their text (a.k.a., "command line") interfaces. In addition to popular commercial operating systems publishers, Ersten clarified that major distributions of GNU/Linux would not be immune to legal action over this matter.
Johnny Pixel Productions obtained the copyright to the "4/1" text cursor animation from Thomas Fewlary in 2006 as part of a package of rights that included the animation and other works created by Fewlary in the early 1950s. While it was always the intent of Fewlary to protect his right to the cursor animation, he was unable to raise sufficient funds to mount any relevant legal challenges during his lifetime. Fewlary died following a choking incident earlier this year.
Johnny Pixel Productions, Inc. is a Seattle-area multimedia production company. It was founded in 2004 to provide custom video production services for businesses and other organizations. The company creates original video, audio, animation, and related works, and licenses third-party works when appropriate for a project. For more details, see: http://www.johnny-pixel.com/