Chris Staros writes to tell us that the copyright dispute over LOST GIRLS with the London children’s hospital to whom J.M. Barrie bequeathed rights to the play PETER PAN has been settled very amicably:
Following very amicable discussions between the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (owners of the copyright to J M Barrie’s PETER PAN) and ourselves, Top Shelf Productions (the publisher of LOST GIRLS by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie), the parties have agreed that, without conceding that the work necessarily breaches the GOSH copyright, Top Shelf Productions will withhold United Kingdom (UK) and European Union (EU) distribution of LOST GIRLS until the end of 2007, when the Peter Pan copyright in the UK and EU expires. This means that a special UK First Edition will be released in the UK on 1 January 2008.
I flew to England and met with the Hospital on Oct 11th, and on that day we signed an agreement together putting to end the controversy surrounding this issue. It was a very nice meeting, and we’re very glad that we could come to a peaceful settlement. We’ll gear back up for a big UK and EU release of LOST GIRLS towards the end of next year.
Of course, this means smuggling over copies in your luggage for pals.