Superhero Intellectual Property Disputes
What do Batman, Superman, and even The X-Men have in common? Aside from being iconic superheroes in American pop culture history, each character’s creators have been involved in various legal disputes over the years. Intellectual property disputes, instances in which one party claims to have legal ownership of a creative concept or project, do come up frequently in the creative industry. For classic superhero characters with multiple creators and generations of fans, an IP dispute can quickly grow into a complicated and costly battle for creative rights—and control.
Here are three noteworthy cases of IP disputes involving superheroes in recent years: