The Copyright Act of 1976 allows authors and their families to
terminate copyright grants years after they are made
"notwithstanding any agreement to the contrary." The family or
estate of co-creators of Superman, Captain America, the Fantastic
Four, the X-Men, Thor and other famous characters have separately
petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse two decisions that did
not apply those provisions. Will the Supreme Court accept those
petitions? Should it? The ownership of billions of dollars of
copyrights could depend on the answers to those questions.
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