DCML Digest, Vol 19, Issue 1
bangfish at cableone.net
Wed Sep 1 18:09:50 CEST 2004
> Don't get me wrong... I am elated and very much looking forward to
> these comicbook versions of the above
> films, but I'm just wondering how this works. And if characters like
> Max, P.J. and Webby, etc. are thus
> available to be used in future Gemstone publications?
You ask a very good, very complicated question (which you summarize
yourself above). Even Disney has not thoroughly sorted out just who
really goes where in terms of strict licensing protocol - the issues
involving PK Duck are one example - so it boils down to Gemstone and
Disney coming to an understanding, on a case-by-case basis, about
whether, and even how much, Gemstone might use a particular character
not normally understood to be in the "standard" character range.
Now, some characters have no licensing impetus behind them in the
States - Bucky Bug being an example - and Gemstone has, in a sense,
assumed their usage by default. As long as the basic legal proprieties
are observed, and the royalties are paid, Disney seems willing to leave
it at that. There may even be a provision in the license for such
things, though there I only speculate.
And you will be seeing Runaway Brain in Mickey Mouse and Friends 269,
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