Kippa Man lives to fight another day

"I’ll keep working until 120!" says owner of Jerusalem kippot store following settlement with Marvel, DC Comics.

Boy wears Spider Man kippa 370 (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Boy wears Spider Man kippa 370
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
After several months of legal wrangling against superpowers Marvel and DC Comics over selling unlicensed Spider-Man and Batman kippot, Avi Binyamin, owner of the well-known Jerusalem yarmulke store Kippa Man, said Tuesday that he had settled both lawsuits.
“Everything’s finished,” he said. “We talked, it’s over, and now it’s behind me. Tell everyone good luck and have a good life.”
Although Binyamin could not discuss the terms of the settlement due to a confidentiality clause, according to Ma’ariv he agreed to pay each of the parties NIS 25,000 – substantially less than the NIS 100,000 each initially demanded, and the additional NIS 100,000 demanded by DC for “lost revenue.”
According to court documents, unlicensed merchandising in Israel has become increasingly widespread in recent years.
“Offenses against intellectual property have grown in dimension, and are bringing serious damage to domestic trade as well as international trade, and are requiring law enforcement agencies, including the court system, to provide effective deterrents against this crime,” the document stated.
In the meantime, Binyamin agreed to remove all of his Spider- Man and Batman kippot.
Clearly relieved that the case had been settled, he said he was taking the unfortunate episode in stride.
Indeed, as he catered to a group of customers, Binyamin sounded as heroic as ever. “I’ll keep working until 120!” he said.