Judge Issues Decision On Superman Royalties Case

by Jeff

may080222d Judge Issues Decision On Superman Royalties CaseAccording 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.

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