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Superman heirs lose copyright fight at Supreme Court

Whereas the prospect of a Supreme Court ruling against Marvel may have played a role in the comic publisher’s decision to settle with Jack Kirby’s heirs, the other comic publisher DC Comics was handed a victory when the Supreme Court refused to hear the case and allowed a lower court’s decision to stand that allowed […]

Posted on: Oct 14, 2014,  Section: Comic Books, Legal, Comments: Comments Off on Superman heirs lose copyright fight at Supreme Court

Marvel and Kirby family strike last-minute deal before case goes to Supreme Court consideration

From Deadline Hollywood comes news that just days before the US Supreme Court was to take into consideration the legal case between Jack Kirby heirs and Marvel, the two parties have struck “amicably resolved their legal disputes.” Dominic Patten writing for Deadline: All things considered, and with the billions that Marvel/Disney have made off the […]

Posted on: Sep 26, 2014,  Section: Comic Books, Legal, Comments: 1 Comment

Salt Lake and San Diego comic cons to talk about settling lawsuit out of courts

The legal fight between San Diego Comic-Con and Salt Lake Comic Con took another step forward – and hints at a possible settlement. The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the Salt Lake Comic Con filed their official response to San Diego’s lawsuit asserting that “comic con” (no dash) is generic term and used by several […]

Posted on: Sep 26, 2014,  Section: Controversies, Conventions, Legal, Comments: Comments Off on Salt Lake and San Diego comic cons to talk about settling lawsuit out of courts

Please help Superman in Supreme Court case

The Man of Steel – or more specifically the heirs of Superman creator Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster – needs a few more allies as they prepare their case for the Supreme Court. You, as a professional artist, can add your name to an amicus brief (friend of the court) supporting the position of creator […]

Posted on: Jul 21, 2014,  Section: Comic Books, Legal, Comments: 4 Comments

What are the legalities of selling cartoons with the likeness of a celebrity?

MAD Magazine cartoonist Tom Richmond takes on the following question in a “I’m not a laywer, but a cartoonist” fashion: I know from reading your blog that a caricaturist can use caricatures of celebrities to display their work, but cannot sell them due to the celebrity “owning” their likeness, and that it is not worth […]

Posted on: Sep 16, 2013,  Section: Cartoons, Legal, Comments: 3 Comments

Judge: Disney owns Marvel characters. Take hike Stan Lee Media

From Deadline.com: Turns out the Walt Disney Company really does own the rights to the Marvel characters created by Stan Lee, at least according to a federal judge today. U.S. District Judge William J. Martinez Thursday granted with prejudice Disney’s motion to dismiss Stan Lee Media’s multibillion-dollar lawsuit superhero copyright suit. In his 11-page order […]

Posted on: Sep 6, 2013,  Section: Comic Books, Legal, Comments: Comments Off on Judge: Disney owns Marvel characters. Take hike Stan Lee Media

The Oatmeal sued for trademark infringement

The Oatmeal’s Matthew Inman is being sued again. From Wired (UK): The comic teamed up with the company that owns the Papyrus chain of card and gift shops, Recycled Greetings, to sell paper greeting cards of his web comics via the The Oatmeal’s web store, along with other novelty items. But that caught the attention […]

Posted on: Nov 21, 2012,  Section: Greeting Cards, Legal, web comics, Comments: 11 Comments

Charles Carreon drops lawsuit against The Oatmeal, calls it ‘mission accomplished’

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has announced that Charles Carreon, the former FunnyJunk attorney who sued The Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman, has dropped the case against Matthew, the charities and the John Does. “Matthew Inman spoke out against Carreon’s threat of a frivolous lawsuit, in a very popular and very public way,” said EFF Senior […]

Posted on: Jul 5, 2012,  Section: Legal, web comics, Comments: 5 Comments

The case against The Oatmeal; lawyers speak out against Carreon

Casey Johnston (writing on ArsTechnica) has one of the best plain english pieces on why Funky Junk attorney Charles Carreon has named Indiegogo, National Wildlife Federation and to the American Cancer Society in his suit against Matthew Inman. The charges against Inman’s fundraising may be the most serious, but they’re also the oddest. Carreon says […]

Posted on: Jun 19, 2012,  Section: Legal, web comics, Comments: 2 Comments

FunnyJunk lawyer sues The Oatmeal, Indiegogo, charities

Charles Carreon, the lawyer originally hired by FunnyJunk to threaten Matthew Inman with a federal defamation lawsuit, has field a suit representing himself against Matthew, Indiegogo (the website where Matthew has raised nearly $200,000 for the National Wildlife Federation, and the American Cancer Society – AND named both charities in the suit. The suit alleges […]

Posted on: Jun 18, 2012,  Section: Legal, web comics, Comments: 3 Comments

Stan Lee sues to reclaim Conan rights

Here’s the news: Stan Lee is suing the producers of the new Conan the Barbarian movie alleging that he bought the rights to the character in 2000 and during the 2001 bankruptcy his attorney made an illegal deal giving away the rights. According to Craveonline.com, the company that bought the rights has been using the […]

Posted on: Aug 23, 2011,  Section: Legal, Comments: 6 Comments

Judge dismisses case against Illustrators’ Partnership of America

I knew there was an organization that collected and distributed orphaned royalties, but wasn’t aware of the legal tussle between the Graphic Artists Guild (GAG) against the Illustrators’ Partnership of America (IPA) – both trying to control the $1.5 million of royalties. A New York Supreme Court has dismissed the case brought by GAG against […]

Posted on: Apr 28, 2011,  Section: Legal, Comments: 4 Comments

Teacher sentenced to prison for cartoon child porn

If you remember, back in October I reported that an Idaho middle-school teacher Steven Kutzner had plead guilty to possessing cartoon child porn – including images of characters from “The Simpsons.” Sentencing has been set and Kutzner will spend 15 months in prison, supervised release for three months and participate in sex offender treatment. Idaho […]

Posted on: Jan 21, 2011,  Section: Legal, Comments: 1 Comment

Customs seizing computers with adult comics?

JK Parkin, writing on the Comic Book Resource’s Robot 6 blog, notes that the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and ACLU are following a trend wherein customs officials are seizing computers and other portable devices that have adult comic material on them. “The CBLDF legal team has been tracking trends in customs here in the […]

Posted on: Dec 15, 2010,  Section: Legal, Comments: 6 Comments

Miami cartoonist beaten and arrested

You might recall news stories back in 2006 of Jose Varela, a freelanced editorial cartoonist of 13 years for El Nuevo Herald, who stormed the Miami Herald offices with a toy gun start a three hour stand-off with police. He was booked into Miami-Dade jail last week for battery and resisting arrest. According to NBCMiami.com […]

Posted on: Oct 25, 2010,  Section: Editorial cartooning, Legal, Comments: 5 Comments