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That may be how it works ...
Authored by: artp on Sunday, May 06 2012 @ 10:42 PM EDT
That may be how it works, but it is only because of economic
thuggery that it can work that way.

Remember that Alan Lee and John Howe were hired because of
the previous work that they had done interpreting the
previous work of one J. R. R. Tolkien. And they were both
recognized as being some of the best (if not the best) among
the many Tolkien illustrators. There were all sorts of
grounds for the work staying with the artist. Hijacking a
career this way is tragic.

Watch the extras in the Extended version of LOTR, and you
will see that many parts of the movie were inspired by
previous work that Lee and Howe had done. Work done LONG
before Peter Jackson and investors came on the scene.

That is why I keep calling for non-transferrable, non-
exclusive patent and copyright terms IN THE LAW, because the
economics never favors the little guy, even if they ARE the
best in the field.

Now we are being deprived of some potential efforts of John
Howe and Alan Lee because they hired out for a movie.

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Userfriendly on WGA server outage:
When you're chained to an oar you don't think you should go down when the galley
sinks ?

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You do not have to agree...
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, May 07 2012 @ 11:18 AM EDT
>"work for hire" is a standard clause in most employment contracts
whether they are full time or agency/temporary/contract.

Isn't that only found in countries where the united states attempts to mismanage
things. Granted, that would include most of the world.

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