CBR's Top News Stories of 2012
From the absolute heights reached by creators and comics across the year to the dregs of the industry's worst facets, CBR News counts down the ten most talked about topics of 2012 with a look at the top news stories of the year.
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I don't see where these artist/writers have any grounds for complaints. It is a pretty simple concept. If a company hires you to do work for them, regardless of what it is, it is the property of the hiring company. To use an example outside of comics, let's look at any number of building constructions. To make it more controversial let's use Trump. When Trump hires an architect, general contractor, sub-contractors and any other number of professions related to the construction of a casino none of those involved have legal rights to the finished product. They are 'Work for Hire'. It isn't like the architect can simply walk in, take the largest suite when he/she wants and get comp'ed for everything.
The liberal minded entertainment industry writers and artists need to do 1 of 2 things if they don't like the current system. 1) Self publish or 2) Quit bitching. I read Alan Moore's comments about his dealings with DC. He sounded extremely naive about how 'friendly' they were and 'how he didn't feel they would screw him'. Guess he learned his lesson that friends and business are mutually exclusive concepts. Next time he needs to have a better understanding of what the company hiring him wants or get a better lawyer to draft his agreements.