By Hervé St-Louis
Sep 23, 2009 - 6:12
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Copyrights in the United States, just in case you didn't know were created to foster competition, no to provide a life long sinecure for creators. They were created to afford the creator enough time to generate income from his creations. Butnthey were not created as a way to guarantee creators a paycheck for life. Please read the US copyrights Act where it states that all copyrights are (my paraphrasing) to be returned to the public much like a temporary lease on a car. Copyrights in the US originally lasted but seven years. Today, they last 93 years. It's people like you who don't understand the spirit of the copyrights law, that are making them a perversion of what they are today. What I'm asking is a return to the center, where the creator is can benefit from his creations without holding the public hostage.
A frequent argument of copyrights absolutist is to paint their opponents as being against any form of copyrights and in favour of a total free for all. That's what you're trying to do by pointing out that The Comic Book Bin enforces its own copyrights. You're arguments are awfully close to the music majors in case you didn't know.
I suggest you find a copy of the copyrights act of the US and read it closely. Then read its amendments and ask yourself if they really benefit you. The attitude that unless you but concrete walls around anything you create and enforce heavy protection otherwise chaos will ensue and you will stolen from by the very public you serve, is counterproductive. Without those people that you are so afraid of, none of your comic books can go anywhere or gain any notoriety.
While you're too busy enforcing your rights, you may miss a lot more opportunities that could make you richer.
Don't assume that I don't know copyright laws. I know it's not all black and white but at the core it comes down to Artist's right to have control over their creation. Maybe you see that as competition but if you're so against the U.S. copyright as it is, I suggest you don't invoke the right on your page. I makes you seem hypocritical. I'm all for reform, but in my opinion, your very long tirade did not convey that message. I agree with the first comment that these comics, that you are so afraid will change, are all watered down and they should have ended years ago. Not rewritten and re-imagined. They've grown stale. I fear nothing, I will soon be independently putting my creation out for all to see, free of charge. BUT I reserve the right to sue the shit out of anyone that steals my work for a profit.
Copyrights laws were not created to afford artists/creators control from their creations. They were created to allow them to compete in the market place with their creations long enough to make a buck before others could use their properties. Please note that in the original copyrights laws, translations or even adaptations, like plays were not covered by copyrights and thus afforded creators no absolute control over their work. Absolute control of a copyrighted property is a modern concept used to block competition.
As I wrote to you above trying to pin me in a corner for for enforcing my own copyrights doesn't work. You say that you don't see copyrights as a black and white issue, yet you want me to take a black or white take. The day I write to say that my copyrights over my articles should last forever, then you can call me hypocritical. Until then, I'll continue to enforce the Comic Book Bin's right to compete in the marketplace and the right of the writers of this site to own what they wrote.
Whether the comics from Marvel or DC are stale is your opinion and I wrote nothing to that effect above. It's easy to say anything from Marvel and DC must be bad because it is owned by a large corporation. But it's a dubious argument to say that because a comic book is published by the original creator, that therefore it is inherently better and more worthwhile. This is what I refer to by the cult of the creator. The automatic assumption that owning the damn thing makes it better. It's nonsenses that has been promoted for 20 years in the comic book industry, but so far has failed the smell test.
You can try and slam me in your articles by saying things like "a smart commenter responded to my article and saying, essentially, that because he owned his comic book, which I suppose is a Web comics, that it would not be stale but a fresh alternative" but I said nothing of the sort, that just what you read into it. You obviously don't take criticism very well and comments like that make you look immature and irrational. You don't know me, don't assume you know some hidden meaning in my words. This will probably be my last response because it's fucking long and I don't have time for this, unless of course you would like to completely misquote me again.
The very fact that the Bin covers a wide variety of comics, be they manga, European, mainstream, independent and anything in between, and that I am the publisher of the site should give you a hint that I'm not prone to the generalizations you said I did above. Please check my reviews. It's all there. There's thousands of them. If you can prove that I've systematically sunk indy stuff in favour of DC/Marvel, then I'll shut up. The fact that people are even saying that I claimed DC/Marvel was superior means they haven't looked around or read the article properly.
I said the idea that a self published book must be better because it is self published is bullshit. That's what I said. I did not add the "logical other half" a lot of you guys say I have which is to claim that DC/Marvel is better.
I'm not sure how I'm slamming you by saying you're smart. On that one you've totally lost me. If I can't take criticisms, as you say, I'll say that you can't take compliments.