I am asking the same questions. I understand his feeling of being left out, but it also seems strange to say he should be entitled to a meaningful cut of the proceeds when he most likely signed a contract signing over to Marvel all of the rights to the IP of his character a very long time ago. Read more
Here is a better example than what you described. There is some person(s) who are/were employee(s) of Apple who were the ones who made massive design ideas to the first iPhone. They were massive, really why the thing took off designs, that were copied for the basis of all Smartphones as we now know them (maybe the… Read more
Once again, i09 has discovered and is offended by the reality of work-for-hire employment. Brubaker didn’t create Winter Soldier in some dark age of intellectual property rights, he did it in 2005 - more than a decade after Image Comics was founded. He knew what he was signing on for. If he didn’t want to forfeit… Read more
Fuel for the fire ... as with all intellectual property rights discussions, creators are given too much credit. People rush to say there would be no Winter Soldier without its creator. People forget there would be no Winter Soldier unless some ruthless corporation paid some poor defenseless creator to dream up said… Read more
The disparity definitely looks shitty in hindsight, as if Brubaker did all the work and Marvel got all the money. But think about it: if Brubaker had drawn his own comic with this character, would he have made all that money instead? Or was the money made because Marvel (Disney) is a marketing behemoth with a huge IP… Read more
If they worked as a contract employee, they aren’t owed anything outside the terms of their contract. Morally, they should be compensated for their work crossing to different media but it doesn’t seem their legal position is analogous to something like musicians renegotiating deals for home video releases and whatnot. Read more
I wonder about this a lot—what the best way to compensate those artists is. Obviously what we’re doing now is pretty shitty. At the same time, when you’re talking about something like a movie being made that references their creation, how do you scale that? And if a ton of artists have contributed over the years, how… Read more
I’m not being facetious, but can someone explain to me the difference between this and if, say, my graphic design job had me do paid work and that work somehow went on to be part of making millions of dollars?
When “someone” is hired to do a job, and the product/result/fruits of that labor becomes “someone else’s”… Read more
This. Saw the headline. Stared at the damn thing for 30 seconds trying to figure out what the deal was. Had to start reading the article to see what they meant.