Five comic book copyright concerns

The strange copyright saga of Captain Marvel plus more IP issues in superhero comics

With the possibility that the Supreme Court will take a look at the copyright issues raised by the estate of legendary comic book artist Jack Kirby, intellectual property issues related to sequential art are receiving more attention than ever. But the medium of comic books has faced a number of copyright and trademark issues since its inception 80 or so years ago. The super hero genre, in particular, has been a thorny landscape for IP, and that is most evident in the saga of one particular hero – or at least a series of heroes with the same name: Captain Marvel.






Captain Marvel – Marvel style


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Rich Steeves

Richard P. Steeves is Senior Editor and Community Manager of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance beats. Rich earned a B.A....

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