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"We Got The Whoooooole World In Our Hands"

Marvel has been contacting its comic creators and telling them about the "Special Character Policy".

So, you've been working for Marvel, and you've created a character under terms not governed by the current work for hire contracts (say...oh...a throwaway character that was only supposed to be in one issue so no one thought anything of it until it got its own series and a movie). Tell Marvel's special character committee who the character is, first appearance, and so on. A special panel will review the information and determine whether or not you are entitled to additional compensation for your work.

I don't know the details, but it sounds to me like this is an attempt to circumvent arbitration and creator rights lawsuits. I'm figuring the decision to sign up is binding (read that: no going back to your lawyer if we feel your character wasn't that big a deal). So you have to trust this committee run by the company you did the work for that they will determine you deserve extra for what you did for them.





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Nov. 24th, 2009 12:06 pm (UTC)
I'm sure this new policy had nothing to do with the lawsuit they had received pertaining to "Ghost Rider".
Nov. 24th, 2009 12:38 pm (UTC)
Supposedly, this has been going on for years, but has only now had some high octane fuel added to the engine. I don't think it's a coincidence that this is happening about with Disney's buyout.

DC has had a similar policy in place. Let me put it to you this way -- the guy who created Lucius Fox ain't needing to work no more.

It is possible Marvel is trying to do the right thing here, and there are industry pros applauding this. But for me, the spectre of Steve Gerber casts a heavy pall over any warm fuzzies this creates.

Let me put it to you this way -- if Len Wein starts getting some heavy duty cash for Wolverine, I'll stop being suspicious of this. Until then, I'm reserving my judgement.
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