Name: Dan Doody

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    A few years ago, I attended a writer’s salon where two or three successful sitcom writers spent about 90 minutes…

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    September 13, 2011 5:03 pm Strange, at a panel at Emerald City Comicon two years ago, the question of a Marvel/DC crossover came up. Several of Marvel's key creative people—including Quesada, Bendis, and Brubaker—said it was DC with absolutely no interest, that several proposals had been made but shot down on DC's end with a "Thanks, but no thanks" attitude.
    July 13, 2011 4:34 pm

    The studio/filmmakers would also need to clear the rights to using the Fu Manchu character, who also remains under copyright internationally. This is why Shang-Chi's father remained conspicuously unnamed in the first arc of Secret Avengers, and was referred to only as "the Doctor" or "the Devil Doctor"in LoEG. The rights issue and the cultural baggage surrounding the Fu Manchu character would be enough for any studio to steer clear of using him in a possible big screen adaptation.

    December 7, 2010 3:14 pm The four examples he cites in his cartoon are over-simplify the argument.  The first two, radio and television, where able to deliver/distribute music and video programming, but not store it.

    The latter two, audio and video cassette, were able to store music/video programming, but not distribute it, and least not efficiently or effectively to the point were items "pirated" in this manner were more than a small economic blip.

    Computers and the internet allow people to not only store programming but distribute it, if they like, simply and to a vast, anonymous audience.

    If I'm an artist or musician who doesn't like this, I'm told, "Too bad, it's happening, you should just live with it." That's not cool.  Copyright and intellectual property laws exist so that creators can choose how they want to manage/sell/distribute their work.  If some like Horrocks want others to copy and distribute on a small scale, then fine he should be allowed to do so.  If some, like Colleen Doran, want to have their work protected, that should be her choice as well.

    I do indeed think Copyright and intellectual property laws need a massive overhaul for the Internet Age, but it needs to be one in which address the concerns of both Horrocks and Doran: set standards for private, noncommercial use, but also set the limits for where such uses becomes abusive and amount to piracy.
    November 4, 2010 5:46 pm

    I think what's most frightening about this situation--and, indeed, the situation a year or so ago when Amazon ripped an Orwell novel off a high school student's Kindle--is the content provider's ability to infiltrate someone's personally owned hardware to lock or retrieve licensed content.  A minor mistake was made, an e-issue was released a week early, just let it be.  It happens.  Copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows were accidentally sold early, but the publisher didn't seek to reclaim the books from the people who purchased them.  Was it really necessary to lock up Ultmate Thor #2 for an additional week?

    No, it wasn't. Instead, Marvel now looks bad: such an act generates bad PR, and could potentially drive consumers away from purchasing licensed, electronic content.  

    November 1, 2010 3:48 pm @Tiocore, Not necessarily; premieres, particularly ones with as much buzz & hype as The Walking Dead, tend to draw inflated ratings as people check-in to see what all the talk is about. There will be some drop off next week, but if it manages to hold on to a high percentage of viewers from the first episode for the next two or three episodes, then I think we'll hear news of an early renewal from AMC.
    June 25, 2010 9:50 pm @PaulMontgomery, I was thinking play Strange more like Dr. Who than Dr. House, and cast David Tennant in the role as well.  After all, till he took over the role there was still some debate whether anyone could revive the Doctor (both character and franchise).  
    April 22, 2010 2:36 am okay, so I'm not a big DC fan (though I do love Timm's original Batman: Animated Series), and a quick look at Wikipedia reveals the Red Hood to be a long time Bat-nemesis, but boy does the mask look a little too Deadpool-esque for me. Sorry, mean no offense.
    April 1, 2010 10:15 pm um, guys, I'm not so sure Bobbi's sleeping on the couch tonight: she married the man, she just might be into "trick" arrows too.
    February 4, 2010 1:16 am This was the right pick … can't wait for the podcast discussion come Sunday.  I'll be listening to it promptly after the Super Bowl (actually, I have to work the Flower & Garden show, but then after that, then after watching the recorded Super Bowl, the iFanboy podast).
    January 1, 2010 8:43 pm @rockleerules, Yeah, no one has commented on the baby.  In all the One More Day/Brand New Day madness, Peter & MJ's baby (and it's ultimate fate and Norman Osborne's part in the deception) has been the one narrative thread left dangling, which no one seems to address or even hint about.  Wonder how baby Watson-Parker fits in with post-BND continuity.