Siegel heirs win legal point based on blog

200908131210 Siegel heirs win legal point based on blog
The latest round of the seesaw “one for you, one for me” legal battle between the heirs of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel and Time Warner has gone to the Siegels, according to ICv2:

The heirs of Jerry Siegel have won another round in the court case over the rights to Superman because of a blog comment on Newsarama by long-time publisher and agent Denis Kitchen. The ruling in federal court determined that the Seigel heirs own the rights to Action Comics #4; Superman #1, pages 3-6; and the first two weeks worth of Superman daily newspaper strips. The court had earlier held that the Siegel heirs owned the rights to ACTION #1 (see “Siegel Heirs Win Superman Case”).


While we expect Jeff Trexler to come along any minute and explain this in depth, the ruling stems from a post by Trexler (not, as far as we can tell, Denis Kitchen) revealing early versions of of Superman — predating their contract with Detective Comics — by Siegel and artist Russell Keaton. The material has been deemed to be owned by the Siegels due to their previous recapture of Action #1.

Comments

  1. And here’s the initial reaction from Mr. Trexler:
    http://blog.newsarama.com/2009/08/12/blog-post-gets-siegels-more-superman/

    Wow.

  2. Capper says:

    Obtaining a portion of the copyright for the first two weeks of the newspaper strip is important to the Siegels because those strips include the first references to “Krypton” and “Kal-El”.

    On the Trexler/Kitchen question, I believe the blog post was by Trexler, but the new information came from a comment to that post by Kitchen (that is the way I understood the reference).

    I’m not sure whether this ruling will make settlement more likely or less likely, but it is an interesting development.

  3. James Dell says:

    Good lord how did I miss this! And I am Newsarama almost every other day. Trexler almost may single handedly ruined DC’s chances of keeping the character? Lets hope not!

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