Marvel Entertainment is suing to keep full rights to it’s comic book characters. I am an intellectual property and copyright lawyer here to answer any of your questions. Ask me Anything!
I am Attorney Jonathan Sparks, an intellectual property and copyright lawyer at Sparks Law (https://sparkslawpractice.com/). Copyright-termination notices were filed earlier this year to return the copyrights of Marvel characters back to the authors who created them, in hopes to share ownership and profits with the creators. In response to these notices, Disney, on behalf of Marvel Entertainment, are suing the creators seeking to reclaim the copyrights. Disney’s argument is that these “works were made for hire” and owned by Marvel. However the Copyright Act states that “work made for hire” applies to full-time employees, which Marvel writers and artists are not.
Here is my proof (https://www.facebook.com/SparksLawPractice/photos/a.1119279624821116/4372195912862788/), a recent article from Entertainment Weekly about Disney’s lawsuit on behalf of Marvel Studios towards the comic book characters’ creators, and an overview of intellectual property and copyright law.
The purpose of this Ask Me Anything is to discuss intellectual property rights and copyright law. My responses should not be taken as legal advice.
Jonathan Sparks will be available 12:00PM - 1:00PM EST today, October 11, 2021 to answer questions.