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Siegel Superman case ends (almost)

As expected, the district court has ruled that the 2001 settlement agreement between DC and the Siegels is binding and did indeed transfer the...

The Legal View: Wertham was right

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...

Siegel Heirs Reject 21 Million Dollars

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...

DC moves to end Superman, Superboy lawsuits

Yesterday's summary judgment filings confirm that settlement talks have been ongoing--and the Siegel side is in disarray.The motion filed yesterday was as expected as...

Siegel and Shuster attorney to court: It’s over

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...

The Eyes of Joanne Siegel

201301250244.jpg 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?

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....

Today’s Superman Rulings Explained

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...

Today’s (Partial) Smallville Settlement and the Kardashians

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...

Has Toberoff already won the Siegel case?

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...

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.