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Pearson, Roberta E. "World-Building Logics and Copyright: The dark knight and the great detective." World Building. Transmedia, Fans, Industries. Ed. Marta Boni. Transmedia. Amsterdam: Amsterdam Univ. Press, 2017. 109–28. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
DOI: 10.1515/9789048525317-007
BibTeX citation key: Pearson2017
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Batman", Copyright, Narratology, Superhero, USA
Creators: Boni, Pearson
Publisher: Amsterdam Univ. Press (Amsterdam)
Collection: World Building. Transmedia, Fans, Industries
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