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Righting
07-02-2008, 08:01 PM
found this article when blogging, it's from La Times..."authors don't have the leverage that an actor or director has in a negotiation..."

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/movies/la-et-brief2-2008jul02,0,2775685.story
(http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/movies/la-et-brief2-2008jul02,0,2775685.story)



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Ol' Fashioned Girl
07-02-2008, 08:09 PM
My favorite part of the piece: Pierce O'Donnell, "You know what they say: The most creative people in Hollywood are accountants."

Nakhlasmoke
07-02-2008, 08:32 PM
Whether or not they're cashing in is surely irrelevant. they should get what they're owed.

If ever I have a book that sells well, I'll make damn sure my descendants get any moneys, and not random strangers.

Momento Mori
07-02-2008, 08:59 PM
Nakhlasmoke:
Whether or not they're cashing in is surely irrelevant. they should get what they're owed.

I've deleted my comment. I was responding to a point in the article about authors not being treated well, which seemed to me to be suggesting that Tolkein got a bad deal when he sold the rights, when in fact he seems to have got a good deal for the time.

I agree that New Line (now Warner Bros) should honour the original agreement. However, I have strong feelings about some claims made by descendants of an author, which are perhaps more suited to another discussion.

MM

Medievalist
07-03-2008, 05:08 AM
In this case though, particularly with respect to Christopher and Baillie, I do feel that, in addition to legal rights, they've done so much work wrt JRRT's papers that they are in fact due royalties etc. in their own right.