Warner Gets Victory in the Superman Legal Battle
Superhero Hype reports that Warner Brothers has won their appeal case over the estate of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel. The case ended a long time argument between the Siegels and the parent company of DC Comics over the rights to the Man of Steel.
In 2008, the Siegel estate won the copyright termination case retaining some of the rights to Superman’s characteristics which include his costume, his Clark Kent identity and his origin as first described in Action Comics. Warner issued an appeal after that, and the decision has been made on Thursday by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals stating that the Siegels no longer retain the rights to Superman.
The same thing happened to the estate of Joe Shuster on October 18, 2012 when the U.S. District Court has ruled the co-creator signed a deal with DC agreeing that Shuster’s heirs will no longer try to regain the rights to Superman.
The verdict now means that both creators will not be entitled to any rights for the character, and Warner has the rights to do what they please to him. The decision comes at a good time since Warner is releasing the new Superman movie, Man of Steel in theaters this summer.