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Court rules DC Comics own Superman. Again

From Robot 6:

A federal judge confirmed Wednesday that the heirs of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel relinquished any claims to the character in a 2001 agreement with DC Comics. However, that seems unlikely to end the nearly decade-long legal battle over the Man of Steel.

The order by U.S. District Judge Otis Wright III follows the January decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that the Siegel heirs had accepted a 2001 offer from DC that permits the publisher to retain all rights to Superman (as well as Superboy and The Spectre) in exchange for $3 million in cash and contingent compensation worth tens of millions – and therefore were barred from reclaiming a portion of the writer’s copyright to Action Comics #1.

I completely understand DC’s position of wanting to keep ownership of the cash cow and the Siegel heir’s desire own a piece of that cash cow, but I have Superman litigation fatigue.

Community Comments

#1 JW Wills
March/24/2013
@ 10:09 pm

Why can’t the family just settle this? I was on their side, but I’ve changed my mind. It’s time to spread the wealth and close the case. Enough.

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