Stan Lee $1 Billion Name and likeness claim hits POW Entertainment hard
Written by Ellis Sweetenham on 17 May 2018« Return to Reading Room
While you may not instantly recognise Stan Lee’s name, you will certainly be familiar with his work.
He is the creator of the comic books for some of the most well known superheroes, such as Spider-Man, The Hulk and Thor.
At a fine age of 95, he has made a claim against POW Entertainment stating that his name and likeness has been stolen.
Lee accuses the company and its two executives of pushing forward a ‘sham’ deal on which a sale of POW was made to a Chinese company and the stealing of his name, likeness and image had taken place.
POW was acquired by Camsing International in 2017.
The claim alleges that the current CEO of POW, who was a former business partner of Lee, did not disclose fully the terms of the acquisition of the company to him, and requested him to sign a non-exclusive license with POW in respect of the creative works.
However, it seems this license was in fact for the worldwide use of Lee’s name, image and likeness.
The claim highlights that this took place while his Wife was on her deathbed.
As Lee is blind, he could not have read the document himself and does not recall anyone reading it to him. He states he would have not signed the document had he known what is was actually for.
Lee’s damage claim total $1 Billion, as well as injunctive relief.
It will be interesting to see how this case progresses with POW denies all allegations at present.
Want to speak
Complete the form below and we’ll call you back free of charge.