Wednesday, August 4, 2010
I'll Sue The Tights Off Of You!!!
Friedrich's lawyer, Charles S. Kramer claims that, "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. [...] The federal copyright claim was always the main part of our case, and this is really more of a procedural ruling than anything else."
Overall, it seems there was confusion on Marvel's part as to what they could and could not do as far as a film was concerned.
While I understand the frustration these comic creators have for mistreatment or misuse of their characters, I wonder why these creators work and contract themselves under an established comic book companies if they know that ownership will be taken away and rights of distribution divert to the companies. Alan Moore, as much as he hates what Warner bros. has done with Watchmen, From Hell, V for Vendetta, and LXG, still understood that DC Comics owns the right to these ideas and accepts it. He may complain about it relentlessly, but he has not tried to take legal action against WB for doing exactly what their contract states.