Shuster Estate Loses Appeal

The Siegel and Shuster lawsuits are over – again. My thoughts on the latest decision after the jump.

Just add cigar and brandy: Girls banned from child’s superhero party

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This Sunday’s New York Times features yet another controversy over women’s place in comics–the exclusion of girls from a superhero-themed birthday party.

Legal Spotlight: Ghost Rider and the Gary Friedrich Appeal

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If you ever wondered how Jerry Siegel’s 1970s lawsuit against National Periodical Publications would have turned out if it had been decided today, this week’s Second Circuit ruling in the Gary Friedrich case has your answer.

The Legal View: Siegel Court Issues Final Judgments

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The Superman and Superboy lawsuits are officially over, pending appeal.

Siegel Superman case ends (almost)

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As expected, the district court has ruled that the 2001 settlement agreement between DC and the Siegels is binding and did indeed transfer the Superman copyright to DC. But what about Superboy?

The Legal View: Wertham was right

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Tonight in SoHo, a panel of comics all-stars will discuss the Carol Tilley’s Seducing the Innocent, which purports to expose industry bete noire Fredric Wertham as a fraud. What’s more important for us today, however, is understanding why he was right.

Siegel Heirs Reject 21 Million Dollars

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In keeping with the court’s schedule, yesterday Marc Toberoff filed his response to DC’s summary judgment motion in the Superman/Superboy lawsuits. Toberoff has filed these same arguments before, but the accompanying exhibits do include something new: correspondence in which Laura Siegel Larson and the Siegel estates reject a 21 million dollar payment from DC.

DC moves to end Superman, Superboy lawsuits

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Yesterday’s summary judgment filings confirm that settlement talks have been ongoing–and the Siegel side is in disarray.

Siegel and Shuster attorney to court: It’s over

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News reports are circulating that the Siegel and Shuster heirs have asked the lower court to dismiss DC’s copyright lawsuits. What actually happened is rather different.

The Eyes of Joanne Siegel

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In 2008, the Siegel family won a historic courtroom victory. So why did they risk it all on an appeal? An encounter between Jerry Siegel’s widow, Joanne,  and Super Boys author Brad Ricca provides a telling clue.

Do comic company lawyers kill creative freedom?

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Among the many thoughtful questions raised in my discussion with the Superman Homepage earlier this week was whether the Siegel lawsuit prompted changes to Superman’s uniform. This might seem like a small issue, but it reflects serious concerns about freedom and integrity in a corporate context.

Today’s Superman Rulings Explained

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After a surprising victory in 2008, Siegel attorney Marc Toberoff decided to press for the rights to more Superman material. Instead, he lost everything that the Siegel heirs and he himself had won.

Today’s (Partial) Smallville Settlement and the Kardashians

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Given the lively discussion of what folks don’t want to see on The Beat, I couldn’t resist noting that an attorney representing Smallville co-creators Miles Millar and Alfred Gough in their dispute with Time Warner also represented the Kardashian sisters in the epic, never to be forgotten Kardashian Kard case. However, the Smallville dispute is also […]

Has Toberoff already won the Siegel case?

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Over the past year creators’ copyright crusader Marc Toberoff took some serious hits in the various Superman and Kirby lawsuits. Yet there was also a deceptively routine procedural matter that could have already assured him a victory in the Siegel estate’s Superman appeal.

The Legal View: Did Marc Toberoff actually win in today’s Superman case ruling?

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You might hear today that the district court judge has handed Toberoff another stunning defeat this week, “a doozy and an outright win for DC.” 

It’s actually a win for Toberoff, at least procedurally.

Here’s what happened. 

The Legal View: Ticket crashes and the Tardis

Ticketfails have become as much a part of fandom as slashfic and cosplay. While PR flubs and angry complaints get a fair bit of attention, the crash of ticket sales for last week’s promotion of a Doctor Who premiere in New York also illustrates the potential for legal problems.

A few thoughts on the legal dimension of online event ticketing — and why it matters — after the jump.