Jack Kirby Declared A Mere Marvel Workerbee... Heirs Can't Reclaim Copyrights On Hulk Or X-Men
from the termination-battles dept
However, in the first lawsuit concerning the Kirby family's attempt to reclaim the rights to the Incredible Hulk and the X-Men, Marvel has prevailed. As Marvel (now owned by Disney) had argued, the judge found that Kirby was merely a Marvel workerbee and, thus, the characters he created were done under a work-for-hire basis. Of course, this case is far from over and Kirby's heirs intend to appeal. No matter what, this case will be watched closely, because an awful lot of artists can reclaim their works in 2013... and these legal disputes will determine what's really allowed.