Neil Gaiman took his victory lap after the settlement in his lawsuit against Todd McFarlane with comments to the Washington Post’s Michael Cavna, talking about the copyright precedents set by all the various rulings over the years.
“I think the various decisions, particularly the [Judge] Posner decision, were huge in terms of what the nature of dual copyright in comics is,” Gaiman told WaPo. “What is copyrightable in comics is now something that there is a definite legal precedent for. There were a lot of things that were … misty in copyright [law] that are now much clearer…and it’s of benefit to the creator.
“Truthfully, I think all of the decisions were incredibly good for all kinds of copyright,” Gaiman continued, noting that the case is now taught in schools. “Now the statute of limitations — three years — begins with the discovery of the violation. You can’t secretly file copyright on someone else’s things.”
Gaiman hasn’t seen McFarlane of late. “But every time I would run into Todd in a courtroom he looked a little more sad.”
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