Marvel Triumphs In Copyright Bout With Artist's Heirs

Law360, New York (July 28, 2011, 7:08 PM EDT) -- A federal judge in New York on Thursday handed Marvel Worldwide Inc. victory in a copyright battle over superheroes including Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk, rejecting a bid by comic book artist Jack Kirby's heirs to terminate the comics publisher's rights to the iconic characters.

U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon issued a 50-page memorandum opinion and order granting Marvel's bid for summary judgment, agreeing with its argument that it owned the copyrights to the works at issue because they qualified as work-for-hire under the Copyright Act...
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