Am I a reasonable man with a good understanding of ownership, copyright, and intellectual property.
Which is why it sucks I can’t do anything about a recent discovery.
An idea that I created (but have no legal ownership of) and have done a considerable amount of original work with is being lawfully hijacked by a past employer.
What I will say is that my original idea was pitched to this person as a graphic novel based around a few original ideas I had inspired by Dante’s Inferno, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off & Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.
The last part being the most important, and eventual title of my work, “Beelzebub Has A Devil Put Aside For Me.”
All-in-all, as many things are, the project fell flat after awhile due to lack of interest on my part and workload (it is a lot of work to make a comic book.) After many months of working for this duplicitous company, I wrote a resignation e-mail and left.
Several months later, in 2014, they announce a comic anthology based around Queen.
Oh well, I’m not one to rest on previous ideas, past accomplishments, or strangely spiteful business moves against a single insignificant person. It is just a bummer. A Judy Moody Bummer Summer.
You can’t own an idea, you can’t copyright a thought, or claim ownership on a pitch. I never owned the words, the title is a creation of Queen, and my idea was a summation of many thoughts and previous ideas into one.
The best I can do is a be a little bitch about it, and whine that my “idea has been compromised” by a company with literally no standards for quality. The shit this company has produced…my god.
Oh well I say. Oh well indeed.