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Subj: Re: Legal opinion: Gaiman vs. McFarlane has no bearing on Heirs vs. DC. *Link*
Posted: Tue Jul 05, 2011 at 02:57:13 pm CDT (Viewed 150 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Legal opinion: Gaiman vs. McFarlane has no bearing on Heirs vs. DC. *Link*
Posted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 at 08:43:30 pm CDT (Viewed 190 times)

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Think that DC and othe rparties will eventually settle this law Suit though, even though might go through "long process" as cases are tried/appealed/won etc...

Think that Superman and batman ARE DC, just as Spiderman IS marvel...

At worst, would it be a case that DC would STILL have right to THEIR version of Supes current as of final settlement, with Hiers able to sell their version off to highest bidder?

Would we than REALLY get a chance to battle Board Real DC Supes Vrs a Real marvel Supes, not his current marvel Clones?

No, the opinion expressed in this article is exactly the opposite: That Superman will NOT be "split" into an Heirs version and a DC version. There will be only one version, the article's author speculates. The author also speculates that that will not be a DC version of the character, because the chances of Warner Bros. convincing the court that the modern Superman is a completely distinct derivative character from the original Superman are in no way good.

Also, lest it be brought up by you or someone else later: This case is about COPYRIGHT LAW, not about work-for-hire or the S&S's original payment for selling the character. And copyright law enables creators or the heirs of creators to seek to regain control of a character after seventy-five years have passed since the character's creation and prior to when that character goes into the public domain. Seventy-five years will have passed since Superman was created in 1938 in 2013. DC is claiming that ITS Superman was created much later than that -- that, as I said above, its Superman is a completely different character than the original Superman, so DC's ownership of that character does not expire in two years as it would if DC's Superman were the same as S&S's Superman. The Heirs disagree with this; their lawsuit is about proving that DC's Superman is not completely different than S&S's Superman, and about regaining ownership over Superman so that the character does not go into public domain or remain in DC's hands.


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