Coincidence Control Network: File #012

by sittingnow on February 15, 2012

in Coincidence Control Network, Uncategorized

This week: A diva dies, Ken loves George Lucas’ polished turds, Marvel screws Ghostrider’s creator, Putin is a  super-villan, Occupy gets taught at college, Is George Noory for a real, Porno just as spicy in India, Busting caps into iPads, Double Fine set a new standard, ACTA protests, and the possible involvement of PNAC?

Personnel - Joseph Matheny,  Kim MonaghanHal Hefner and Ken Eakins.

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Linky Poos

  • Whitney Houston dies - Link
  • Star Wars - Link
  • The strange case of Ghostrider - Link - Link2
  • Putin story - Link
  • Universities are bringing Occupy into the classroom - Link
  • Coast To Coast AM – Is George Noory for real? - Link
  • Porn in India - Link
  • Dad busts a cap into a kids laptop  - Link
  • Crowd-funding goes epic - Link
  • ACTA Protests - Link
  • PNAC links to ACTA, SOPA, and NDAA - Link

Musical Interludes

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ENKI-2 February 18, 2012 at 6:11 am

Regarding the Marvel / Ghost Rider angle… under international copyright law, there is a distinction made between licensed work and work for hire. In licensed work (such as a novel), the copyright belongs to the creator and the other parties are skimming off the top in exchange for their services. In work for hire (such as a user’s manual), the company that payed the creators owns the copyrights — which is why Lawrence Fishburn and Keanu Reeves can’t individually sue for damages people who livestream The Matrix. It is not clear whether comics tend to be licensed or work-for-hire (and even within the industry there may be differences).

That said, even if Ghost Rider was created under a work-for-hire contract, it’s an asshole move to rack up damages like that, and probably shows Disney’s hand. The comic creators within industry have had problems with the use of IP by major industry players since the famous superman suit, and I thought DC and Marvel knew better than to bring up that bogey.

Second point: characters can’t be copyrighted; they can be trademarked, or (if they look nothing like an existing animal) subject to a design patent. Both parties appear to be abusing IP law here.

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