This week the long, long battle for the rights to Superman took another turn, as Warners sued attorney Marc Toberoff , who has been representing the family of Jerry Siegel, Superman’s co-creator, for many years. The Siegel’s have won several legal rounds, leading Warners to adopt very aggressive tactics to delay enforcing a decision to award the Siegel family half of Superman’s copyright — a decision which a court reached 13 years ago, in 1999.
Dismayed by this long battle, Laura Siegel Larson, daughter of Jerry and Joanne Siegel has released the following statement, declaring her intention to keep fighting, no mater how many obstacles are thrown in her way.
It’s powerful reading. As she points out, Warners has spent $35 million in legal fees rather than make an equitable settlement with the family. Who is really the winner here?
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.