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February 10, 2012

Please Consider Donating A Few Bucks To Writer Gary Friedrich


One thing I didn't consider when I wrote a short piece about it this morning is that by demanding $17,000 from writer Gary Friedrich, Marvel not only is making a demand of someone that doesn't have $17,000, they not only fired a shot across the bow of everyone that works in this gray area, and they not only discouraged anyone with a legitimate beef against the company from capitalizing on what they feel their status is until it's been worn out by Marvel's lawyers, they've effectively cut off one of the few means Friedrich has of supporting himself.

Please go here to read a bit more, if you can stomach it. Please go here to donate. I'll be hitting that second button myself as I hit the submit button on this post. I don't have a lot of money right now, but I have to assume every bit can help the writer through this transitional period. (According to the New York Times, the average ticket price for a movie in 2011 was $7.86; that seems like it would work.)

Look, I know that Marvel isn't doing anything illegal, and there's a decent chance someone in PR will perk up and either forgive the debt or arrange for someone from the movie to pay it for him. But we're also under no legal compulsion to like the policy, either, or support the general message it sends as to the value of creators at the surprisingly swollen end of a very long tail.
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