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September 13, 2013

Bob Layton Notes Character-Related Settlement With Marvel

Here. I have no idea what that might concern, but Layton was certainly an invested creator with the company at a time from which they draw inspiration and characters for the movies and related projects. He cites the recent win by Gary Friedrich.

This may sound weird given that most of these cases have been totally knives out all the freaking time for the last two decades, but a case like Friedrich's and what one might assume of a case like Layton's, these seem to me from what little I know about the law perfect examples of cases that are likely be settled. Broke creators are sympathetic figures, the law is uncertain enough that one judge can totally disagree with a previous decision and sound just as legitimate doing so, the creators are usually uninterested in anything other than recompense, and Marvel literally has billions of dollars.
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