Rulings in Marvel Entertainment Copyright Termination Case

Originally published November 30, 2010 on

THR-ESQ reports that Judge Colleen McMahon of the Southern District of New York has issued some rulings in the case brought by Marvel Entertainment against the Estate of Jack Kirby, the comic book artist who, along with Stan Lee, created some of the best known superheros such as Iron Man, X-Men, The Incredible Hulk, and Spider-Man. Kirby’s heirs served copyright termination notices, and Marvel filed a declaratory judgment action claiming the characters were works made for hire.