I’ve been doing this daily comics news thing for 11 years, more or less, and if there is one thing which has remained consistent throughout those 11 years of comics industry tumult, it’s Stan Lee Media suing someone or something. I honestly don’t remember all the things they’ve sued, but it includes Stan Lee, Marvel (many times) Conan Properties, and Disney (many times). The suits usually claim that Stan Lee Media owns Spider-Man, or the Avengers or Conan or whatever someone is making a movie of, and the suits always involve insanely tortured legal claims over unrelated documents. The courts always rule against SLMi, as it’s called, but that doesn’t stop them. They keep coming back.
This is a thing that actually happened. When I first saw it popping up on my feeds I thought it was some kind of photo shop jobbie, but no. Shia LaBeouf, the embattled plagiarist/actor, hired a plane to skywrite “I am sorry Daniel Clowes” over the pellucid skies of Los Angeles.
Jim Starlin wrote and drew Marvel’s very first original graphic novel back in 1982, The Death of Captain Marvel, and he’s at it again, 30 years later. It’s just been announced that Starlin is writing and drawing THANOS: THE INFINITY REVELATION a 100-page graphic novel that will continue Starlin’s influential Infinity series, and tie in […]
If you look at the plot of Shia La Bouef’s short film Howard Cantour, it sounds exactly like Daniel Clowes’s short comic Justin M. Damiano, which appeared in Zadie Smith’s Anthology of Short FIction, The Book of Other People. La Beouf: Jim Gaffigan gives a perfect deadpan performance as movie critic “Howard Cantour”, spending his […]
Archie Comics complaint against co-CEO Nancy Silberkleit for sexual harassment has been going around for a while. New information includes recent filings in which Silberkleit asked to dismiss the case because the white men she was accused of harassing aren’t members of a “protected class.” Archie lawyers affidavited back with claims that…this motion to dismiss […]
Accused child molester Ed Kramer will go on trial next week after more than a decode of legal delays and stalling. More than a decade ago, Kramer was accused of molesting two teen-aged boys. In addition, Atlanta magazine has more details on Dragon-Con officially dissolving its relationship with co-founder Kramer: “‘DragonCon’s relationship with Mr. Kramer is […]
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court ruling giving WB the copyright to Superman and setting aside a 1998 copyright termination notice filed by the heirs of Joe Shuster. The court agreed that a complex 1992 agreement gave WB the rights to Superman in exchange for a lifetime compensation. The ruling […]
Oh WikiLeaks, the gift that keeps on giving. Yet another fascinating finding from the papers is the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership agreement, which covers copyright law. The US has been negotiating it in secret, and several of the provisions are very noteworthy. Among them, a continued emphasis on SOPA and PIPA type legislation–both very restrictive […]
I’ve lost count on who is suing who in the brutal ground war between Archie Comics, and their controversial co-owner Nancy Silberkleit, but it seems a new lawsuit has been launched, with the employees of Archie suing Silberkleit: The employees, including longtime editor Victor Gorelick, say the suit is a “last ditch effort” to eject […]
In a story on how Grumpy Cat—the dwarf cat that people (including The Beat) will line up for hours just to see—is worth $1 million, it’s revealed that one of her signature catch phrases first appeared in a cartoon by Kate Beaton. Which wouldn’t be so odd except that Grumpy’s manager, who is a “meme manager”, is very litigious about other people stealing his own memes. Beaton, who hasn’t received any money from the cat or her manager, is philosophical about the whole thing, writing:
Bucking the trend of over a decade, a Gwinnett County judge has ruled that Dragon*Con co-founder Ed Kramer will have to stay in jail until trial in December, the Gwinnett Daily Post reported. Kramer has sued to be released on habeas corpus, but “After having heard evidence and argument of counsel, the Petition for Writ […]
After delays, house arrest and an endless sucession of lawsuits, former Dragon Con co-founder Ed Kramer is finally going to trial After a hearing, discussing Kramer’s health issues, Judge Karen Beyers announced Kramer’s trial for child molestation for Dec. 2 and 9. Following accusations by two teenaged boys that he had acted improperly towards them, […]
I’m late linking to this, but it took a while to get through it since it’s full of legal reasoning. Frequent Beat legal contributor Jeff Trexler has jumped over to the Comics Journal for an essential look at the Kirby Case, its ruling and what might have been the thinking behind some of them. Warning, […]