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Re: non-groo: Superman's Rights



My bet is this is something that ME knows all about, both from the
historical stand point of who got screwed by whom and how, if at all, it was
rectified, and from the legal standpoint.  Probably he's written some CBG
columns on it.  -Gary G.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Elie A Harriett" <eharriet@s-cwis.unomaha.edu>
To: "The Groop" <groop@groo.com>
Sent: Monday, February 14, 2000 7:50 PM
Subject: non-groo: Superman's Rights


> Thought I would query some of you Groopers in the know about something I
> just read in the latest issue of Wizard:
>
> Just read that the heirs of Jerry Siegel are attempting to regain the
> rights to Superman.  Apparently, after 56 years, the law states the
> original copyright owner can legally reclaim their copyright.  Does anyone
> know about this?  Is this something that they are REALLY serious about?
> If so, what would become of Superman?
>
> This came about as a 'by-the-way' in an article that the original creator
> of Captain America is trying to do the same thing with his character so he
> can move it in a new direction.
>
> If this works, what could happen to Batman (whose 56 years are also up),
> Wonder Woman, and the other comic book classics?
>
> I know Sergio refused to publish Groo until he met up with a publisher who
> would allow him to retain his rights to the character, and after reading
> about Mr. Siegel's and Mr. Shuster's fates at DC, it was a good thing
> Sergio waited.  But what about the older ones?
>
> Elie
>
>