MAD writer extraordinaire Desmond Devlin sent me this link to a highly interesting article about a lively exchange between comic book writer Mark Waid and Sergio Aragon?¬©s at last night’s Harvey Awards. Mark gave a keynote speech about copyrights, public domain and the dawning new era of electronic publishing where he took the viewpoint that, with regard to rampant piracy on the internet, the “genie is out of the bottle” and that energy expended in efforts to protect ownership would be better served being used to figure out how to profit from one’s intellectual property. Sergio strongly disagreed and a heated discussion ensued.
I wonder if Mark knows Sergio used to be the Mexican equivalent of a Navy Seal?
It’s my opinion that, while the creator of a piece of intellectual property still draws breath, that creation is theirs to do with as they will and to receive any and all profits generated by said intellectual property until they either relinquish the rights to it or they die. It’s that simple. Why should a creator’s idea, concept, cartoon or character be any different than some inventor who patents their invention and profits by any use of it? Because one is done with formulas or software code and another with words or a pen and brush?
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