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Copyright help?

Hi gang - I've got hold of a battered copy of a 1946 Mary Marvel comic from Fawcett. It's all shorts - the one I'd like to post to s_d is eight pages, and best I can tell that's the top length of any of the shorts in here - but I'm stumped as to its copyright status.

Fawcett got hit with a cease-and-desist letter re Captain Marvel in 1942 from National (now DC) comics claiming infringement on their Superman property. The case went to court and ended in the dissolution of Fawcett Comics and a fire sale of its various properties in the early 1950s. DC licensed the Marvel Family characters in the early 1970s and formally bought the rights to the characters in the early 1980s, and of course still holds the licenses today.

My question is, what does the sale of the characters do to those 1940s issues? Does DC own them now? Are they public domain? If they are DC properties, how would I go about posting an in-copyright 8-page story to s_d? I'd rather ask questions now than beg forgiveness later.



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Aug. 19th, 2013 03:28 pm (UTC)
The copyrights for Marvel Family titles are complicated because Fawcett had a very scattershot approach to renewing them. In case of Mary Marvel series, every issue after December 1945 issue is under copyright and is owned by DC. Which means that the 1946 issue is under copyright.
Aug. 19th, 2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
Crap, that means I can only post like two and a half pages. Thanks for the info though - the more I read about the whole lawsuit thing, the more confusing it seemed to get!
Aug. 19th, 2013 05:29 pm (UTC)
Welcome to copyright law in the USA.
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