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Saturday, November 09, 2002

Joe Simon just won a round in his case against Marvel over Captain America -- whether or not it was Work For Hire, and whether he could terminate his copyright agreement with Marvel after 56 years, under the 1976 copyright law.Here's the blog entry at Ampersand's site. The court's conclusion is fascinating (as is the court's avowed fondness for "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling").

I assume (based on no real information whatsoever) that either a host of other such legal cases will soon arise over the likes of Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman or are being or have been negotiated behind the scenes. (None of those characters were actually created as Work For Hire -- Siegel and Shuster had created Superman as a newspaper strip before it was published in Action, Bob Kane was under 18 when he sold Batman, William Moulton Marston's deal might have been work for hire, but since it contains a famous reversion clause, I think one can assume it wasn't).
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