Gaiman v. McFarlane 2010: Revisiting October 3, 2002

Monday, June 28, 2010

Part Four [This is part of my running report on the 2010 hearing in the Neil Gaiman v. Todd McFarlane case. To see coverage from the beginning, click here.] Taking a breath before posting Neil's testimony in the 2010 case, I remind readers of what happened in 2002. Quoting myself from Comics Buyer's Guide #1510: "The Oct. 3 verdicts in Neil Gaiman v. Todd McFarlane brought victory on all counts to Gaiman, co-creator with McFarlane of Spawn #9 and, with that issue, the characters of Count Cogliostro and Medieval Spawn. Moreover, the copyright ramifications of the jury findings could mean that Gaiman can license those characters for use in crossovers with other comic-book publishers." Obviously, the intervening years have not brought such crossovers to comics shops - and I should have added the character Angela to that first sentence.



Steve Chaput July 10, 2010 at 3:54 PM  

I would have been surprised if Gaiman had tried to use the characters in such a fashion. It seems to me that he is only trying to retain credit and to receive any fincial rewards that use of his characters might earn. McFarlane appears to be trying to get around the earlier decisions by bringing in these "new" characters.

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