New NYU course explores intellectual property through comic books


The Trials of Superman (and his Super Friends)

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a … Law Course?  Yes a law course using that strange visitor from another planet to help explain copyright and trademark law.  Superman turned 75 last year, and
to celebrate, NYU’s School of Professional Studies introduces The Trials of Superman (and his Super Friends).

Taught by Entertainment and Intellectual Property lawyer Howard Leib, the course will look at the history of Superman, and how his name and likeness, and those of other super heroes, have been used and litigated through the decades.  Students will explore copyright infringement, trademark matters, copyright reversion and other issues that have arisen during the Man of Steel’s career.  They’ll also read some comics and watch some cartoons.

The course will run from Tuesday October 7 to Thursday October 6. It will be given on-line, so that people from all over the world can participate, with live on line lectures Tuesday nights at 6:30 Eastern time and asynchronous work for each session.  You can find more information and register at:

Faster than a speeding bullet? Sure.  Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound? Absolutely.  But when it comes to protecting intellectual property, it is the judge who has the final say.




Howard Leib, Esq., is an attorney with over thirty years’ experience in intellectual property law, entertainment law and general corporate law. He has represented clients such as KISS, Whitney Houston, Bobby McFerrin, and Judy Collins as well as corporations such as Atlantic Records, Universal Entertainment, and Rhino Entertainment. Howard carved out a niche for himself in the area of children’s entertainment, and has been called America’s leading children’s entertainment attorney by Billboard Magazine.

In addition to NYU, Howard has taught for National Paralegal College, Fashion Institute of Technology, and Kaplan University. He has produced CDs and DVDs, usually related to comedy or television. He is active in the New York Democratic Lawyers Council, working to protect and expand voter rights. He is chair emeritus of the Cardozo School of Law alumni association and a past member of Cardozo’s Board of Trustees.

Howard lives in Ithaca, NY, where he moved after a lifetime in and around New York City, to be with his wife Marcie. Since moving to Ithaca, Howard has run as the Democratic and Working Families Party candidate for New York State Senate from the 51st Senatorial District and successfully sued the NYS Board of Elections over the issue of redistricting. He currently hosts “No Soap Radio,” on WRFI-FM in Ithaca. You can find more about Howard at his web site,




Celebrating its 80th anniversary, the NYU School of Professional Studies ( is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and noncredit programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Politics; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Foreign Languages, Translation, and Interpreting; Fundraising and Grant Making; Global Affairs; Graphic Communications Management and Technology; Health Information Management; Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Liberal and Allied Arts; Management and Systems; Marketing; Professional Writing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; and Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management.

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