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November 2, 2004

Marvel Sues Disney for Copyrights

Reuters has a nice, concise write-up on Marvel Enterprises' continued legal actions vis-a-vis the appearance of cartoons featuring characters like Spider-Man and the X-Men on a Disney owned cable channel, Fox Family. Whereas the past lawsuit was for lost revenue due to accounting and poor property management, this claim built upon discovery made during that earlier claim is that rights for the cartoons did not transfer to Disney when they bought the network on which they appeared.

Although this has very little direct effect on comics publishing, the aggressive manner in which Marvel is pursuing action against a heavy hitter like Disney is worth noting for proof of Marvel's growing status as an entertainment licensing holder of weight, and for its indication of how highly Marvel values proper exploitation of their comic-book based properties.

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