Copyright Boggles the Mind of a Superhero

You Don’t Tug on Superman’s Copyright

Lore Sjöberg 04.02.08 | 12:00 AM

April 2, 2013

In an unexpected move, a federal court today declared Superman a free agent. After decades of legal wrangling among DC Comics and the estates of Superman co-creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, a judge ruled that he would simply release the Man of Steel from any and all agreements, making him the first free agent in the high-stakes world of comic book superheroes.
Speaking from the Fortress of Limited Media Access in Nunavut, Canada, Superman said that he was “pleased” with the ruling.
“Frankly, all this legal nonsense was just giving me headaches,” said Superman, his deep, resonant voice rattling the shelves even over the speakerphone. “My supermind is as fast as a TRS-80 computer, but even I couldn’t keep track of all the rights everyone was claiming.”
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