The C3 Website says Moe, Larry and Curly Joe formed C3 back in 1959.
If this is true why did Normandy Productions seem to be running the show?
Norman Maurer set up Norman Maurer Productions to handle licensing for The Three Stooges. Normandy Productions was the film production company he created to produce the Stooges' 1959/1960s film projects.
C3 was always there, in the background. After the 1994 lawsuit, NMP was disbanded and its assets transferred to C3.
I believe there was some confusion (or dispute) over who owned the trademark of the Three Stooges name for a good number of years. I have seen merchandise with Columbia Pictures' name on it, and other times Norman Maurer Productions (including the mini-posters offered through Post cereals in the late 1970s, which were stills from Columbia shorts).
No, there was never any confusion or dispute. The trademark was the property of Comedy III. Norman Maurer Productions, essentially, operated as its licensing agent from 1959 - 1994.
Columbia Pictures [Sony] is copyright
. C3 is trademark
. Two entirely different things.
If Post, or Hostess, or whoever, slapped an incorrect rights credits on their ads and knick knacks, the only confusion belonged to them. Not to the rights owners.