from the tintin-tintin-tintin dept
"One pamphlet drew links between his twin passions -- Tintin and Sherlock Holmes. Another looked at the cinematographic references in Herge's works. Two of the five, printed on average 500 times, used 'graphical citations' of Tintin drawings."In the US, this would clearly be fair use. In the UK, where this is happening? Garcia "has been ordered by British courts to hand over £35,000 or face the possibility of having his house and belongings seized." In response, many people are organizing a boycott of the new Tintin movie. Nice work. In overstepping common sense bounds to try to squeeze a tiny bit more money out of a fan who was just writing about a character, this lawyer has succeeded in getting people to proactively shun the movie.
Of course, the link above also points out that the lawyer, Nick Rodwell, has a bit of a history making somewhat questionable decisions in dealing with how others perceive Tintin. Apparently, last year, his own blog on Tintin.com had to be shut down after he accused some journalist critics of not liking him or Tintin because "the children of those critics had autism and couldn’t appreciate Tintin." Oh, and did we mention that the reason Rodwell is representing the estate of Tintin creator Herge is because he married Herge's widow?