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As to taking a very strong line on rights…jeez, you know, every guy with a guitar outside a liquor store knows you’ve got to play “Rocket Man” a few times a day if you want to make a decent buck. Eh? And that totally infringes Elton John’s rights, because he’s not getting paid for it. But about THAT, we think “big whoop”, and rightly so in my opinion.

Also, the idea that we should cease talking about future benefits accruing from unauthorized use…I don’t see why we should do that, at all. We understand these same future benefits to accrue from authorized use, don’t we? People do get paid when their song’s played on the radio (mostly), but the benefit of radio play to the artist is overwhelmingly to do with radio functioning as a PR channel. This stuff’s all getting too damn moral, for me…I don’t give a damn if Peter David complained about something that he’s got every right to complain about, and I wouldn’t even complain if Elton John wanted a piece of every time somebody gets money for playing Rocket Man or Crocodile Rock, either…it probably adds up to a pretty massive pile, so I wouldn’t lecture him about it! But that doesn’t mean I’m in the market for a big speech about Right and Wrong myself. These moral pronouncements are so loaded with certainty you would think we had some kind of magical, idealized marketing info and bill-collecting apparatus in place with which to uphold them…but we don’t, and we never will. There are lots of grey areas and fuzzy boundaries, not to mention incompletely-worked-out principles, at play in these fields…or at any rate I assume there must be, because I would NOT call the busker a thief. Would you?

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“So wow. Peter David’s just getting screwed all around. No rights to anything he’s done in the past twenty years? Kinda sad.”

Not quite. PAD has written both original novels (Sir Apropos of Nothing, for example) and creator-owned comic books (Fallen Angel). Not entirely sure where the licenced novels (he does a lot of Star Trek, and also does the novelisations of Marvel movies) fit in here.

Comics have always had the rights reside with the publishers (except in special cases), so he knew what he was getting into with that anyway.

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Comics have always had the rights reside with the publishers (except in special cases), so he knew what he was getting into with that anyway

So by “special cases” do you mean most of Image’s line from its founding? Or do you mean the “special” like Marvel’s old Epic line?

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That’s the saddest part of this whole kerfuffle: that PAD has made himself into the villain du jour for a huge portion of comix fandom for the sake of defending er copyrights and trademarks he doesn’t actually own himself…

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Everyone’s tired of this whole mess, but this bit of data is worth passing along: LJ Abuse is now contacting individual bloggers about the complaint against their posts on scans_daily. The complainer is Gregory Pan from Legal Affairs at Marvel. The timeline seems to put his complaints as occuring soon after PAD’s kerfluffle about X-Factor.

The one or two people out there still thinking it might have been Photobucket can breathe a sigh of relief.

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