The Court Declares Superman's Copyright Situation Confusing
Jul 13, 2009 15:07
Eventhough Warner won the rights to the family of Superman, the legal future of Clark Kent is apparently more complicated and confusing than ever. The California Court presiding over the ongoing Siegel/DC/Warners Superman case wanted both parties to come to an agreement of an impartial expert who'll help explain the many complicated issues with the case.
The Court envisions that the Court-appointed special master/expert will not only submit a report in advance of trial, be subject to being deposed prior to trial, and proffer testimony at trial on the issues in question, but will also, in preparing for such tasks, be afforded the authority to appoint experts and other specials to assist him or her in performing those duties.
Here's where things get more confusing when Siegel family attorney Marc Toberoff said:
...in 2013, the Siegels, along with the estate of Joe Shuster, will own the entire original copyright to Superman...
The problem being, according to the very legal decision Toberoff was responding to with those comments, that's not necessarily the case:
Although it is true that, should the Shuster estate be successful in terminating the grant to the copyright in Action Comics No. 1, then at that point in time plaintiffs and the Shuster estate, not DC Comics, would hold the entirity of the copyright published in that comic book and would sit, assuming common representation, in much the same position Warner Bros. was said to have sat at the beginning of the negotiations over the Superman film agreement... The problem with this line of reasoning, however, lies in its speculative nature... It is by no means a foregone conclusion that the Shuster estate will be successful in terminating the grant to the Superman material published in Action Comics No. 1.
Kal-El needs to sort out his problems asap. Because this is just ridiculous. We're gonna need a new Superman movie and we're gonna need it fast!
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