Atlantis Online
June 25, 2019, 12:39:53 am
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
News: Hunt for Lost City of Atlantis
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/3227295.stm
 
  Home Help Arcade Gallery Links Staff List Calendar Login Register  

‘Ghost Rider’ Rights Dispute May Be Headed to Trial

Pages: [1]   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: ‘Ghost Rider’ Rights Dispute May Be Headed to Trial  (Read 35 times)
Watchman
Full Member
***
Posts: 48



« on: June 12, 2013, 06:02:43 pm »

‘Ghost Rider’ Rights Dispute May Be Headed to Trial



June 12, 2013 | 10:18AM PT
Senior Editor
Ted Johnson
Senior Editor @tedstew   
Related Stories

    Marvel Ready to Crossover with ‘Phineas and Ferb’
        TV
        05:12 pm
    Marvel Ready to Crossover with ‘Phineas and Ferb’
    Glenn Close Joins ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ for Marvel
        Film
        05:11 pm
    Glenn Close Joins ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ for Marvel
    Summer’s Effects to Heat up Screens
        Digital
        10:30 am
    Summer’s Effects to Heat up Screens
    Fox Wrapping Upfront Sales With Lower Volume As Cable Starts To Move
        TV
        10:17 am
    Fox Wrapping Upfront Sales With Lower Volume As Cable Starts To Move

A federal appellate court has set the stage for a trial over the rights to “Ghost Rider,” reversing a lower court decision that rejected a comicbook author’s claim to the character.

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, in a ruling issued on Tuesday, said that the language of a 1978 agreement between author Gary Friedrich was “ambiguous,” even though Marvel contended that the agreement, made in a form work-for-hire contract, assigned to it renewal term of the “Ghost Rider” copyright.

Friedrich conceived and wrote the first comic book that introduced “Ghost Rider” in 1972. In a 2011 ruling, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest granted summary judgment to Marvel, concluding that the 1978 agreement did assign the copyright and that Friedrich also endorsed checks from the comicbook publisher.

But a three-judge appellate panel said that a jury should decide whether the contract language assigned the rights, noting that the 1978 agreement makes “no explicit reference to renewal rights.” They also found fault with using the 1978 contract to mean that Friedrich’s work on “Ghost Rider” was “for hire,” noting that such a declaration cannot be made in a contract “ex post facto,” or after the fact.

Friedrich has been pursuing the rights to the character since 2004, as plans were in the works for a movie adaptation eventually released in 2007 and starring Nicolas Cage. He had argued that he retained rights because he did some of his work as a freelancer, and that even though he signed over rights to the character, he did not sign over the rights to non-comic book use in films, TV and merchandising. The appellate court also upheld Forrest’s denial of Friedrich’s motion for summary judgment on the question of authorship of “Ghost Rider.”
http://variety.com/2013/film/news/ghost-rider-rights-dispute-headed-to-trial-1200495504/?_r=true

Report Spam   Logged



Pages: [1]   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by EzPortal
Bookmark this site! | Upgrade This Forum
SMF For Free - Create your own Forum | Buy traffic for your forum/website
Powered by SMF | SMF © 2016, Simple Machines
Privacy Policy