[[wysiwyg_imageupload:2432:]] This past Thursday saw the 9th Circuit Court Of Appeals rule unanimously in favor of Warner Bros. in the Superman copyright court case that saw the family of creator Jerry Siegel suing for the rights to the iconic character.Warner Bros. released the following statement regarding the court's decision (via SupermanHomePage via Cleveland.com).
The Court's decision paves the way for the Siegels finally to receive the compensation they negotiated for and which DC has been prepared to pay for over a decade.We are extremely pleased that Superman's adventures can continue to be enjoyed across all media platforms worldwide for generations to come.
This is a great day for Superman, for his fans, for DC Entertainment and for Warner Bros. Today's ruling vindicates DC Comics' long-held position that it entered into a binding agreement with the Jerry Siegel family in 2001.
The 9th Circuit Court ruled that the heirs of Jerry Siegel must abide by a 2001 letter written by the family's attorney, which accepted Warner Bros.' offer for their 50 percent share of Superman.A previous October ruling also ruled in favor of Warner Bros., as the family of Joe Shuster attempted to sue for the rights as well, with the ruling stating Shuster's sister and brother relinquished any rights to Superman.The courts also noted that both estates received millions of dollars in payments as well as lifetime health insurance plans.It's been previously suggested that due to the law suits, that Warner Bros. was holding off going full steam ahead with Superman. Shortly after the October ruling, it came out that Henry Cavill had been signed on for three Superman films as well as Zack Snyder hinting that Cavill will go on to star in the Justice League movie.With all the lawsuits seemingly behind WB, maybe now we can get on with more Superman.The upcoming Man of Steel movie also has a June 14, 2013 release date, in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of Superman.[[wysiwyg_imageupload:2433:]]