NYCC 2009: Intellectual Property Primer

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  1. Russ Rogers says:

    There is an interesting Comic Book that goes into the ins and out of Copyright as it relates to documentary film makers. But a lot of this would apply to comic artists as well."Bound By Law!"…And here is a FREE online version! book was released under the Creative Commons License, which I think is one of the most exciting areas of Copyright innovation, but I'm a big fan of Jonathan Coulton!

  2. mike weber says:

    …and counterfitting, in which someone else's trademark is appplied to knoock off copies of trademarled products.I had to pause a moment to admire that. It's nice to see i'm not the only one who doesn't catch typos (if i catch them at all) till just after i hit send. (Though i just did – adding the "y" to "onl".)The third is to license the rights and get royalties. In some cases, a third-party may have come up with something based on your work that they can profitably sell. As did Ray Bradbury, after he found an uncredited version of one of his stories in an EC comic – the way i heard the story was that he dropped them a letter saying "It was very well done, and I'm pleased with it. However, you seem to have forgotten my check."Gaines sent him a check immediately … and then Bradbury proposed that he would be happy to write adaptations of his own stories for EC in future (with full credit) … and Gaines took him up on it.I add my thanks and congratulations on the article.

  3. mike weber says:

    My wn favourite comic-related comment on copyright laws is a T-shirt a friend (a writer) had, showing Judge Dredd, looking grimmer than usual, reading from a massive book entitled THE LAW Volume CCCXXLII: Copyrights

  4. Vinnie Bartilucci says:

    "It's nice to see i'm not the only one who doesn't catch typos (if i catch them at all) till just after i hit send. (Though i just did – adding the "y" to "onl".)"Typos are in invisble ink on the proof, and in day-glo orange on the final product.I've been considering getting the trademarks lined up for Norbert, my little mascot and con sketch model. Shame that trademarks are more expensive that copyrights.

  5. THOMAS A. CROWELL, E says:

    Nice summary of our lecture. One minor tweak: I'm Thomas A. Crowell, not Thomas Y. Crowell ("Y" was a 19th century publisher and a distant cousin).If anyone wants to know more, or to see some of the actual slides presented at our workshop, it's on my law firm website:, in the "articles," section.Additionally, if you really want to dive into entertainment and copyright issues, take a look at my book "The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers," available at Barnes and Noble, Boarders,, and, oddly enough, Wal-mart.Also, I'd be very interested in hearing from the artist who drew "Captain Copyright"; I have another project in mind that I'd like to discuss with him/her.Thomas A. Crowell, Esq.

    • Ben McCormick says:

      Mr. Crowell I really would have liked the opportunity to hear your presentation in person but was unable to schedule time to be in NYC. I was delighted to see that you were placing your presentation online at your website but I am currently finding that the file is not available for viewing. I am pretty sure this isn't a problem on my side as I routine view documents of this sort during the day. Would you mind having someone give that a check as I would really like to see your presentation.

  6. THOMAS A. CROWELL, E says:

    Ben –Thank you so much for your interest in my lecture. The link should be up and running now; give it a shot. Thomas