More legal woes at Archie as employees file lawsuit against co-owner Nancy Silberkleit

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I’ve lost count on who is suing who in the brutal ground war between Archie Comics, and their controversial co-owner Nancy Silberkleit, but it seems a new lawsuit has been launched, with the employees of Archie suing Silberkleit: The employees, including longtime editor Victor Gorelick, say the suit is a “last ditch effort” to eject […]

Internet Meme Shocker: Did Grumpy Cat Rip off Kate Beaton?

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In a story on how Grumpy Cat—the dwarf cat that people (including The Beat) will line up for hours just to see—is worth $1 million, it’s revealed that one of her signature catch phrases first appeared in a cartoon by Kate Beaton. Which wouldn’t be so odd except that Grumpy’s manager, who is a “meme manager”, is very litigious about other people stealing his own memes. Beaton, who hasn’t received any money from the cat or her manager, is philosophical about the whole thing, writing:

Ed Kramer is staying in jail until his trial

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Bucking the trend of over a decade, a Gwinnett County judge has ruled that Dragon*Con co-founder Ed Kramer will have to stay in jail until trial in December, the Gwinnett Daily Post reported. Kramer has sued to be released on habeas corpus, but “After having heard evidence and argument of counsel, the Petition for Writ […]

13 years later, Ed Kramer is finally going to trial this December

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After delays, house arrest and an endless sucession of lawsuits, former Dragon Con co-founder Ed Kramer is finally going to trial After a hearing, discussing Kramer’s health issues, Judge Karen Beyers announced Kramer’s trial for child molestation for Dec. 2 and 9. Following accusations by two teenaged boys that he had acted improperly towards them, […]

Must Read: Jeff Trexler’s Taking Back the Kirby Case

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I’m late linking to this, but it took a while to get through it since it’s full of legal reasoning. Frequent Beat legal contributor Jeff Trexler has jumped over to the Comics Journal for an essential look at the Kirby Case, its ruling and what might have been the thinking behind some of them. Warning, […]

Good site: PD56, copyrights that should have lapsed but didn’t

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In one of his comments, frequent Beat commenter Jason A. Quest linked to his websitePD56 | works that should have become Public Domain after 56 years, and people who are interested in copyright should check it out. It lists works created more than 56 years ago that should, in theory be in the public domain now […]

Marvel wins appeal in lawsuit brought by Jack Kirby’s heirs

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Another chapter in the long battle over Marvel’s characters ended today when a three-person New York appeals court upheld Marvel’s victory in a lawsuit bought by Jack Kirby’s heirs over copyrights to iconic characters such as the Hulk and Captain America. The court ruled that Kirby’s work for Marvel had been done under work-for-hire conditions and that “Marvel’s inducement, […]

Marvel is free from paying web shooter toy inventor royalties

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Chalk up another legal win for Marvel Enterprises. Tuesday, the 9th Circuit Courts of Appeals ruled that Marvel no longer has to pay Tucson attorney Stephen Kimble—inventor of the Spider-Man web shooters—royalties after 2010.

Nancy Collins calls off the Dragon*Con boycott

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Author Nancy Collins has been relentless in publicizing the connection between Dragon-Con and Ed Kramer — in fact it’s undoubtedly due to her efforts to publicize the fact that Kramer was still profiting from the show that he was finally removed from the board, as it was announced earlier today. However the ambiguous language in […]

Dragon*Con officially splits with accused molester Ed Kramer — UPDATED

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Finally! You can dress up as a sexy Starship Trooper or Winnie the Pooh and march around with a light heart knowing that you are not helping support an accused child molester. On their FB page, Dragon*Con founders officially announced a split from co-founder Ed Kramer who is currently in jail on charges related to […]

UPDATED: Ghost Rider trial set for November — jury not a sure thing

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It’s on! Or it will be in November, when a POSSIBLE 8 person jury gets to decide if Gary Friedrich or Marvel own Ghost Rider: Eight jurors will decide this fall if Marvel actually owns the copyright to Ghost Rider or not. That was the order (read it here) issued today by a federal judge who […]

Appeals court revives Gary Friedrich’s Ghost Rider lawsuit

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When last we saw comics writer Gary Friedrich, he was badly losing a law suit to gain control of the character Ghost Rider and Marvel was telling him to pay back $17,000 in royalties for unauthorized Ghost Rider merchandise he was selling at cons. It was a dark day for creators, and everyone chalked it […]

Bizarro Free Comic Book Day crime spree

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Free Comic Book Day on Saturday was an immensely successful event which saw hundreds of signings, thousands of comics given away and untold happy faces on people getting their free comic books. It was great. So, of course, we’re going to report on the two news-of-the-weird crimes that took place during the event. In Portland, […]

Dragon*Con under fire from more professionals

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As reported last week, the incarceration and legal maneuvering of accused sex offender and Drgon*Con founder Ed Kramer has led more people, including professionals, to call for a boycott of the con while Keamer is receiving money for it. Tony Isabella, who attended the con far in the past, still has what might be termed a vivid account of it:

The Legal View: Siegel Court Issues Final Judgments

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The Superman and Superboy lawsuits are officially over, pending appeal.

Dragon*Con Founder Ed Kramer files dozens of complaints from jail while looking extremely creepy

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Warning: watching this video is likely to cause your blood pressure to rise.