Marvel sues to keep Spider-Man, X-Men copyrights

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by mscriv, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. mscriv macrumors 601


    Aug 14, 2008
    Dallas, Texas

    Jack Kirby was a great artist and contributed much to Marvel when he was there decades ago. It's sad to see it come to this, but it's nothing new that people are fighting over money.
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Ugh, it's always about money. I think they have a right to perserve their art or allow it to be sold. This attempt at a hostile takeover of the rights is disgusting on Marvel's part.
  3. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    I don't see how Kirby did not always have full rights.

    Shultz = Peanuts
    Davis = Garfield
    Breathed = Bloom County, Outland, Opus
    Why not Kirby = characters he created
  4. MacHipster macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2007
    Shultz, Davis, Breathed created their characters and signed contracts with distributers as the authors. Kirby didn't create the characters nor did he claim authorship, he drew them. He was hired to pencil, not as a creator. When you are a 'for hire' employee, the rights to your work go to the employer.
  5. Unspeaked macrumors 68020


    Dec 29, 2003
    West Coast
    Exactly. This is a non-story.

    There's plenty of creators worse off than Kirby.

    You don't see Stan Lee complaining and he created nearly ever major classic character in the Marvel Universe.
  6. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    What they should do is sell the Spiderman rights to Disney, who can then go on making "Spiderman 6: Spidey Jr's Revenge" or some other barrel-scraping tripe.

    I never cared for the Marvel characters anyway, but there is a difference: If you are hired, as an employee, to draw then what you create belongs to your employer because it was in the job description. It's entirely different if you, of your own accord, create a character in your living room and then sell it and it happens to take off.

    All the same, you'd think Marvel could part with a bigger salary or gift for the guy...

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