To the surprise of no-one, Disney lawyers are pushing back against the legal attempt by lawyers for Stan Lee Media to claim ownership of the various characters Lee created for Marvel Comics through a ridiculously complicated reasoning:
Stan Lee Media has sued Marvel Entertainment multiple times without success in an effort to lay claim to the famous characters that its namesake had a hand in creating. In the latest chapter, Stan Lee Media sued Disney, which purchased Marvel in 2009, in a Colorado federal court.
Disney “is a holding company and as such does not conduct business in Colorado or anywhere else,” the company said in a motion to dismiss the suit. “There is no conceivable basis on which the plaintiff can state a viable copyright claim against (the Walt Disney Co.) in this court or, for that matter, any other.”
Among other things, Disney says that Stan Lee Media failed even to specify to which works it claims to own the copyright, instead referring “vaguely” to “comicbook characters…that (Lee) had previously created or would create.”