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March 20, 2013
‘Kippa Man’ Settles Lawsuits
JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Jerusalem shop settled out of court with two comic book companies that charged it sells unlicensed kipahs bearing the images of Superman and Spider-Man.
Avi Binyamin, owner of the Kippa Man store on Ben Yehuda Street in central Jerusalem, will pay Marvel Comics and Warner Brothers $17,000 each for the unauthorized use of their superheroes’ images. The companies had sued for about $27,000 in damages.
Numerous shops along Ben Yehuda sell merchandise featuring Batman, Spider-Man and other characters, as well as college mascots and professional sports teams.
“There are 20 stores on this street, they all sell the same thing,” Binyamin told The Jerusalem Post in September after the Marvel Comics lawsuit was filed. Lawyers for the two companies said they will file lawsuits against other small stores.