According to The Wrap, “A U.S. district court judge on Wednesday ruled that Warner Bros. had paid “fair market value” license fees to DC Comics for the rights to “Superman.””
A case had been brought last year by Joanne Siegel and Laura Siegel Larson (widow and daughter of Superman co-creator Jerome Siegel, respectively) against the studio, regarding copyright royalties. The plaintiffs claimed that Warner Bros and DC were involved in a “sweetheart deal,” which, in turn, made their royalty amounts lower.
Last year, a federal court awarded the Siegel heirs half of the copyright in the famed Action Comics #1 edition, which features Superman. Remaining to be decided, however, was how much that copyright interest was worth.