posted on Oct, 15 2009 @ 01:45 PM
reply to post by duogemstone
The copyright is reverted back to the heirs on or around 2014, as 75 years have lapsed. The copyright law was changed so artists and their heirs would
benefit. Unfortunately, it creates problems like comic book characters who were created by more than one person.
If they do not agree on anything, the characters cannot be used by anyone and stay in limbo.
For the most part, DC owns its characters other than Superman. They do own Superman's logo and also characters like Supergirl and Superboy. The can
replace Superman with Mon'el, Captain Marvel or the Martian Manhunter.
Marvel would have problems as Mr Kirby created many different characters with other people.
I can see the heirs wanting a small percentage of the profits, but unfortunately they want huge numbers or they will threaten to take the characters
with them. Image and other companies may try to bid for them, but they may not have what the heirs are asking for.
The law was intended to help people, but can also create messes such as this one.