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Mike- With all due respect, you do remember all the work you did for MAD was under a work-for-hire agreement, right?
Tom, I don’t understand – what is this “work for hire agreement”,some special License to Steal? Iis that what Mad has sunk to?!
No, it’s the way MAD has always done things since the days of Bill Gaines. MAD has always owned why the purchased and printed. It’s in black and white on all freelancer agreements, which you are required to sign. If you want to be published in MAD, they you agree to it. If you don’t like that arrangement, you on;t sign the agreement and you don’t do work for MAD. Work for Hire agreements in general are not very desirable, and I would blame no one for not agreeing to work under them. However, when you knowingly sign one, don’t be upset when the client exercises their legal rights. It’s that simple.
I for one have grown tired of Mike’s bitching and moaning about how badly the MAD guys have treated him. Mike’s bitter and that’s fine — he’s allowed to be bitter, but that’s his personal problem. He hoped MAD would go out of business. It hasn’t. He hoped MAD would crumble. Instead, it’s survived and is starting to flourish again. Mike was never treated unfairly and no one ever forced a contract of any kind on him. Going public with his gripes hasn’t hurt MAD at all — it’s just made Mike look bad, which is a shame, because at heart he’s a good guy. But let’s be clear: The idea that MAD has “stolen” anything from him is simply false.
Mike was one of Mad’s greatest ever writers and always will be remembered that way. But dude – let it go. Being so bitter reflects badly on you.
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