Companies continue battle for Marvel superheroes
DENVER - The Walt Disney Co. says it is tired of fighting the same battle over the copyrights to iconic Marvel comic book characters including Spider-Man, X-Men and The Hulk.
A panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday in longtime dispute between the company and Colorado-based Stan Lee Media.
A federal judge last year dismissed a lawsuit in which Stan Lee Media claimed the copyrights to the superheroes and sought profits Disney made from movies and merchandise featuring them. Disney bought Marvel in 2009.
Stan Lee Media, which is no longer affiliated with comic book writer Stan Lee, appealed the judge's dismissal. Disney says other courts have settled the case and it should be closed.
The panel did not issue a ruling.