Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Kirby to the Supreme Court

The many appeals of the Kirby estate have landed that long running land mark legal battle before the US Supreme Court. The justices will debate in conference whether or not to take up the legal discussion or allow the lower court orders to stand.

At its core the Kirby children have been attempting to wrest rights of their father/grandfather's work…such notables as Xmen, Fantastic Four and the Avengers…back from Marvel. Marvel of course claims ownership and this has been shared with Disney in the movie making business. So both giants are squared off against the family.

Both Marvel and Disney claim Kirby was under a work for hire contract…which he was…and that they heirs have no grounds for ownership. The Kirby's claim that they have ground under the 1976 copyright act.

The same attorney that represented the Superman family against DC is representing the Kirbys. That doesn't bode well.

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