The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #17259   Message #366940
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
01-Jan-01 - 10:28 PM
Thread Name: Copyright thugs
Subject: RE: Copyright thugs
Quite so.  Rights to a lot of my published work (illustration) belong to the various publishers, not to me, regardless of whether the stuff was original or dealt with licensed characters.  Equally, all my father's patents belong to his former employers (or more accurately, their heirs, whoever they may be.  Though it's far from ideal, it's the only way most of us can make a living in the first place, and I see no reason why people who are prepared to spend money to publish us should not have some rights in the material; I do feel, though, that rights should revert to the originator after a reasonable period, where it is clear that the technical owner has no genuine intention of using them -all too often they simply act as dogs in the manger, preventing us from re-publishing work in which they themselves no longer have any interest.

Malcolm