A lawyer representing Ghost Rider co-creator Gary Friedrich has hit out at claims that the writer has lost his legal battle with Marvel Comics.
It was previously reported that Friedrich had failed to reclaim the copyright to the character after a court ruled that Ghost Rider is a work-for-hire property and not revertible under 1976 legislation.
However, the scribe's attorney Charles S. Kramer has dismissed these reports, explaining that the court merely ruled that the case should not proceed under state law. He went on to say that the lawsuit will continue under federal law.
"Gary's case was originally filed asserting claims under both federal and state law. The court's ruling was only that this is a question of federal law only, under the federal copyright law, and that the case should thus proceed only on the federal law issues," he told DS.
"The federal copyright claim was always the main part of our case, and this is really more of a procedural ruling than anything else."
He added: "The federal case continues in the courts and we remain confident that we will succeed in showing the court, the jury and the world that Gary and his company are the rightful owners of the copyright of the Ghost Rider characters and origin story first published back in 1972 in a comic known as Spotlight 5."