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    ‘Emoji Movie’ Finds Itself in Copyright Spat

    Fortune’s not exactly smiling … or winking. Though emojis have been around since the late 1990s, the term wasn’t copyrighted until 2013, when former video game executive Marco Husges staked his trademark claim. He doesn’t own the rights to all actual emojis — which get more diverse today as Facebook rolls out new race and gender options for its emoticons — but he’s got the word on lock, which could spell trouble for Sony project The Emoji Movie. The film’s due in 2017, if Husges’ threatened lawsuit doesn’t derail production.

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