Marvel Ordered To Share Spider-Man Profits With Character's Creator

Law360, New York (January 19, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal judge has ordered Marvel Enterprises Inc. to pay Spider-Man creator Stan Lee 10% of Marvel's profits from the "Spider-Man" movie franchise.

In a blow to the comic-book publisher, Judge Robert W. Sweet of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ordered Marvel to pay Lee a share of proceeds it has received since November 1998 from movies, television shows and movie-related toys manufactured by Marvel.

The judge did not specify a dollar amount that Mr. Lee should receive, but the...
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