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Shuster family loses court ruling in Superman copyright

Michael Cavna reports on the recent ruling in California that denies the Shuster family a stake in copyright ownership of the Superman character.

On Wednesday, the perpetual fight – now waged by the descendants – got its latest crucial plot twist:

A federal judge in California has ruled that Shuster’s heirs cannot reclaim copyrights to Superman. U.S. District Court Judge Otis D. Wright decided that those rights were surrendered 20 years ago when Shuster’s siblings reached an annual payment agreement with DC Comics and gave up interest in the Son of Krypton.

Michael gives a good overview in the legal back and forth between the DC Comics (and Warner Bros) and the Shuster family.

Community Comments

#1 Rich Diesslin
October/18/2012
@ 12:11 pm

Okay, I’m still confused after reading the article. Is the new ruling good for the family or bad for them? It seemed like the article said they lost all rights a few years ago and this seems to suggest they at least get some of them back.

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