Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Marvel Sues Family of Comics Artist Jack Kirby - NYTimes.com

Arts, Briefly - Marvel Sues Family of Comics Artist - NYTimes.com: "Marvel Entertainment sued the heirs of the comic book artist Jack Kirby on Friday to end the family’s recent efforts to regain long-term rights to some of Marvel’s most popular characters. The copyright dispute started in September, when heirs to Mr. Kirby, who was a principal creator of Marvel mainstays like the X-Men, sent the company 45 notices of copyright termination. The notices said that various rights transferred to Marvel would revert to the family starting in 2014. Marvel, now officially a division of the Walt Disney Company, said it believes the claims are baseless. Rather than battling the family behind the scenes — a potentially costly endeavor even if successful — Marvel decided to file a lawsuit in Federal District Court in Manhattan asking that the notices be declared invalid. John Turitzin, Marvel’s general counsel, said in a statement, “Everything about Kirby’s relationship with Marvel shows that his contributions were works made for hire.” Marc Toberoff, a lawyer representing the Kirby family, did not return calls seeking comment."


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