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We knew that it was an uphill battle for Jack Kirby’s estate to reclaim the copyright on the characters he created for Marvel, and today a judge sent them back down the hill with her decision to grant Marvel’s request for summary judgment on the case, thereby stating that Jack Kirby did, in fact, create these characters for Marvel on a “work for hire” basis.
This is what I figured would happen when I first heard about the case, but I’ll admit that the lawyers for the Kirby estate did a strong job arguing with what they had to work with. Still, the evidence that Kirby’s work was “work for hire” was just too strong.
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