File puptcrit/puptcrit.0810, message 133


Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2008 12:14:59 -0400
To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Patent Infringement



On Oct 7, 2008, at 11:47 PM, Puppet People wrote:

>     Just to respond to  Christopher's statement, I do agree in theory 
> with the premise that if  a business hires you to make something they 
> own it, but you must sign a for hire contract for that to happen.( the 
> exception is if you are a permenant employee)

Mark,
   Good point about the contract. And thank for sharing the war story 
about the note-taker.
   Reminded me of a recent negotiation I had. Someone called wanting a 
puppet for a video shoot. The further we got into it, the more they 
wanted to have "input" (though they had no experience with video or 
puppetry, much less video puppetry) and wanted all rights. It got more 
and more demanding and detailed, way past the point of reasonable or 
even rational. I wouldn't produce any other puppets that looked like it 
in style or color and so on for any show, live or any other medium, 
etc. It was a basic mouth and rod puppet, like a standard TV/Muppet 
style. This person was dead sure the project was going to be so 
successful that they didn't want anything like it to be produced, 
particularly by me. They were aware this was not a new style, yet 
seemed to somehow think that they would retroactively be able to 
control all similar or even vaguely similar puppets. They also didn't 
want to tell me too much about what the puppet needed to do, as they 
were afraid I might steal their idea. Reality had escaped, and I let 
the project go.

Christopher

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