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Support creator rights. File amicus with Supreme Court

As you may know, the US Supreme Court will hear the case between Marvel (Disney) and the Jack Kirby heirs over the ownership rights to Kirby’s characters.

From Deadline:

On May 15, the nine Justices will debate in private Conference whether or not to get involved in the Kirby heir?s 5-year attempt to gain back the rights from the media giant. If the High Court agrees to the March 21 filed petition from Lisa Kirby, Neal Kirby, Susan Kirby and Barbara Kirby, an oral argument date will be scheduled later this month for the SOCTUS? next term.

You, as a professional artist, can add your name to an amicus brief (friend of the court) supporting the position of creator rights. Lynn Reznick Parisi is taking point on this effort. If you agree, send your name to Lynn TODAY by 3:00 pm eastern. Her email is: offthemarkcartoons@gmail.com

Community Comments

#1 Mary Laskowski
June/10/2014
@ 10:17 am

I agree that the rights of the creator should stay in the family. As long as an heir is alive, they deserve to profit from their families creativity.

#2 Sarah Danahy
June/10/2014
@ 11:49 am

The family should always reap benefits.

#3 Matthew Bogart
June/10/2014
@ 11:53 am

This is an extremely important issue for creators.

#4 Aleph Craven
June/10/2014
@ 11:54 am

This is just asking the company to pay the benefits it would have paid to Jack Kirby had they acted correctly in the first place instead of working so actively to treat him unjustly beginning to end.

#5 HuwJ
June/10/2014
@ 11:55 am

Having had my own creations stolen for profit and the heartache stress and financial woes this created were significant I supported the Bill Finger Action and Too Support the Kirby Action
It is incumbent on this court to pass a legislation in favor of Kirby and his legacy the situation is complicated but the solution is not…recognition of Authorship & creator reimbursement as well as some slice of the pie is a fair measure.

give Jack Kirby his due and his family the inheritance that the man worked for

HJ

#6 D Anthony Breed
June/10/2014
@ 11:55 am

As a creator, it’s important to me that the rights to my creations remain with my heirs after I pass.

#7 Michael Callahan
June/10/2014
@ 11:58 am

family is more important than a corporation

#8 Lynn Reznick Parisi
June/10/2014
@ 12:36 pm

HEY FOLKS. The email address is correct but it seems to be linked to an incorrect email address.

offthemarkcartoons@gmail.com

#9 Marcus Lusk
June/10/2014
@ 1:12 pm

Billions of dollars have been generated off the life’s work of Jack Kirby, while he and his family received what amount to scraps. Kirby deserves credit for his creations and his family deserves compensation. Artists and writers were poorly treated during the era in question, and made to fear for their livelihoods if they voiced any objection. This is a great wrong that the Court should right.

#10 Carma Chan
June/10/2014
@ 1:57 pm

I totally agree that the rights of the creator should belong to his or her heirs. It’s APPALLING how greedy and selfish Marvel (uncreative) executives are. I HATE LEECHES who feed on the blood, sweat and tears of artists. That is why I will boycott all products that treat creative people with such disrespect. Without Jack Kirby, there wouldn’t be any of the great stories and characters that have helped to pay for the lavish lifestyles of Marvel managers. And really, that’s all they are – managers – they manage to tell others what to do. Anyway, please decide in favor of Jack Kirby’s heirs. Thank you.

#11 Erik Larsen
June/10/2014
@ 2:29 pm

I don’t think it’s any secret that Jack Kirby got a raw deal from Marvel during the time that he was alive. Promises were made–promises were broken and he was left out in the cold. Do the right thing.

#12 Chris Murray
June/10/2014
@ 4:26 pm

Pro Kirby!

#13 Jim Haines
June/11/2014
@ 12:06 pm

I believe the descendants of the artist Jack Kirby are entitled to some significant measure of recompense for the characters he created/co-created (Captain America, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, The Mighty Thor, The X-Men, etc.) during his various tenures at Marvel Comics, and are also entitled to a significant percentage of the ownership rights of (and profits generated by) those characters in perpetuity. Creativity has no price tag, but that does not mean to imply that Creativity is worthless. On the contrary-Creativity is Priceless.

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