Grumpy Linkblogging

DC Comics needs a sense of humor. An artist did some gay-themed paintings using the cultural icons Batman and Robin, so back in August DC demanded “all unsold work and invoices for the sold work” from the dealer who displayed them. Unclench, guys. The jokes have been around for fifty years now and siccing your lawyers on a painter isn’t going to stop them. Anyone know of any progress?

It’s another example of how corporations increasingly feel that they deserve to control all elements of intellectual property they have acquired, regardless of fair use, parody, or other legal forms of comment.

Speaking of “servicing the corporate property”, Graeme reviews 52 #1, confirming for me that I am missing nothing in giving up DC’s superhero books.

The British Eagle Award winners were announced, and I’ve never seen anyone be so proud of a small turnout. Back when I did the Squiddies, we wanted to make it look like lots of people participated (although the dirty secret of many awards seem to be how few people vote, and thus how few people can directly influence the nominees if not the winners). The Eagle PR, in contrast, says:

In some instances, the race for the top spot was only decided by the final few votes cast; in one case there were only 14 votes in it.

Except for a couple awards to The Ultimates, DC won the majority of the spots.

2 Responses to “Grumpy Linkblogging”

  1. Matthew Craig Says:


    This Batman story.

    DC wants the artist to give DC his gay Batman paintings? Am I reading that right? And DC wants the artist to give DC the names and addresses of the people who bought his gay Batman paintings? Is that right?

    Um. Okay. So I watch Law and Order and such, so I may not be the best person to talk about American Law Stuff. But isn’t that, like totally unconstitutional, with respect to the First Amendment to the US Constitution, guaranteeing free speech?

    I mean, it’s probably unlafwul, too, right? Private citizens spending money on art and such. But yeah. That “freedom of speech” thing, too.

    Or will DC be asking people with gay Batman tattoos to, like, hand over their shoulders?


  2. Johanna Says:

    Freedom of speech doesn’t always mean what it should these days when corporations decide “their” intellectual property is involved. But then, we’re talking about a company whose parent sent cease-and-desists to 15-year-old Harry Potter fans for putting up “unauthorized” websites. When you look at copyright law in this country, it’s a bastardized golden rule: he who has the gold makes the rules.




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