Comic book writer Gary Friedrich and Marvel Comics (Disney) have settled their differences over ownership of the Ghost Rider character.
From Bleeding Cool, the comic book community’s website of record:
In a letter filed Friday to U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest by Friedrich’s lawyer, Charles Kramer, it is said that his client and Marvel ”have amicably agreed to resolve all claims between, among, and against all parties.” Deadlines for the case have been suspended pending a final settlement. The trial had been slated to start December 16th.
Hopefully this means Friedrich is walking away with some money for his troubles. Marvel Comics really showed its ass with its treatment of Friedrich, going after him for unlicensed Ghost Rider prints he was selling at various comic book conventions.
It was a ridiculous thing to do. First of all, the man created Ghost Rider. Without him, there would be no Ghost Rider. Second of all, anyone who has ever been to a comic book convention knows that it’s rife with copyright infringement. You have artists doing commission sketches for fans, many going for hundreds of dollars, based on characters they don’t have the legal rights to. You have vendors selling prints and other items featuring licensed characters without obtaining a license from the copyright owner.
Technically, it’s all copyright infringement. To only go after Friedrich was vindictive and mean.