Kirby vs. Marvel decided...
Above: This Jack Kirby piece was used in "The Art of Mickey Mouse."
Both Bleeding Cool and The Beat are reporting that the court has decided that Jack Kirby’s work for Marvel was work-made-for-hire. Thus, the Kirby estate is entitled to zero money and zero ownership to any characters that Jack Kirby had co-created while at Marvel.
This is no surprise to me. I didn’t think the Kirby estate had any chance of winning this one.
There’s nothing wrong with being compensated for your services. I don’t even have a real problem with work-made-for-hire IF A) you know what you’re getting yourself into, B) you don’t create any characters for someone else, and C) if you're treated fairly.
Hopefully, the Siegel family will clean Warner Bros. clock over Superman.
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