That million for a baseball was chump change to MacFarlane when he was a hot property in the eighties and nineties. Spawn was being sharecropped the last time I noticed.
Now I doubt if Image is in the top three comics sellers. The only Image book in the top 100 monthly comics sales for May 2010 was the Walking Dead at 84 which is pretty good for an indy. Dark Horse and Dynamite both have two in the top 100. Plus some of the Manga publishers are showing up all over the book list.
Yep. The Zynga should just bar the door and eat the loss. If a few hundred people get a short term advantage so be it. I wonder how many farmville addicts are copying codes off of 7Eleven packages in the store.
Maybe there needs to be an open source alternative place to post prior art in addition to sending it to the patent office. A place to collect prior art challenges, comments and be a resource for patent lawyers.
This sounds like a good idea but I don't know if it could be turned into a business.
The Comics fanboy part of me has no problem with created franchise characters, Superman, Batman, and Mickey Mouse... staying in a special category of corporate ownership as long as they are continued to be used with some frequency by the corporate ownership and the creator/heirs get some sort of continuing compensation. I think that the distribution of said payments would be a nightmare.
Newer comics are less likely to be reprinted due to similar contractual obligations that were created after Seigel and Shuster were granted compensation when Superman: the Motion Picture embarrassed Time Warner into paying S&S something for their creation.
Mickey could have been endangered but Superman and Batman had been continuously produced since their creation.
The obvious violations of our intellectual property being appropriated by other countries and incorporated into their laws is an affront to the very idea of intellectual property. We should sue their sari's off.
Lets ask the question that these telcos seem to forget- what would their internet offerings be worth without Google?
It certainly would be less than they are worth now. Heck the way I use the internet they would be worth next to nothing. Google is the index, my mail and lots of the content i consume. Without Google it would hardly be worth paying AT&T.