Jeff Trexler reports that a U.S. District Court judge has granted the motion by Warner Bros. and DC Comics to reconsider a 2006 ruling that determined the family of Jerry Siegel had recaptured the copyright to Superboy.
This ruling, by Judge Stephen G. Larson, doesn’t end the legal battle, by any stretch of the imagination. It’s a little early in the day for me to go wading through 73 pages of legalese, but, according to Trexler, the decision “vacated the relevant portions of the earlier ruling, including part of the statement of facts.”
Trexler writes: “The judge calls for further briefing on that issue but, as reviewing judges often do, lays out a roadmap for concluding that Superboy was nothing ‘more than a trivial variation from the pre-existing material in Superman, other comic book characters in general, or even more broadly with other comic book characters’.”
Expect more later, especially if I can rope Tom Bondurant, Esq., into providing assistance.
You can read the full 73-page decision as a PDF file.
(Via Heidi MacDonald)