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Thursday, December 13, 2012

"...invalid and unenforceable..." - Marc Toberoff Loses Superman To DC

The most recent judgement in the DC Comics vs Marc Toberoff case is a doozy and an outright win for DC Comics.  Not only has the judge ruled that, "...the copyright termination notice served by the Estate of Joseph Shuster on November 10, 2003, is deemed invalid and ineffective," but Marc Toberoffs, "...rights-encumbering agreements—including the 2001 Pacific Pictures agreement, 2003 Pacific Pictures agreement, and 2008 consent agreement—are deemed invalid and unenforceable."  This means he no longer has a claim on Superman - DC Comics have all but won the case, with a few more outstanding issues yet to be resolved.

There'll be some who will celebrate this, and those who will decry it, but worry not, as expected an appeal has been filed, meaning that the case is far from finished and will soon drag on into it's ninth year - or fifteenth, if you started counting from when the Siegels first filed in 1999How this will affect the forthcoming Superman movie, publicity wise, is yet to be determined, but surely there will be some form of a protest.  Wait and see.

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