The high-profile “copyright termination” dispute over Superman—arguably the most famous comic character of all time—is finally over. DC Comics defeated the heirs of artist Joe Shuster and writer Jerry Siegel.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court declined (PDF) to hear the petition filed by the heirs’ lawyers. That leaves standing a ruling from the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, and the heirs won’t be allowed to wrest the copyright away.
The litigants in the case included Shuster’s sister, Jean Peavy, as well as Siegel’s daughter Laura Siegel Larson. They lost their case in Los Angeles federal court in 2012, and lost again on appeal.
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