The first reason, of course, is to give me lots more.
Thinking entirely too much about creator's rights and ownership and Work for Hire recently. Which is utterly hypocritical of me, given my unauthorized reproduction of lengthy quotes from articles, poetry, song lyrics, photos and artwork, but since you lot haven't given me lots of money, I'm too small a target for anyone to bother taking legal action against. So, um, I guess I'm grateful?
Not too thrilled with (what I've read from her about) Colleen Doran's politics, but like her artwork enough that I'll even pick up an issue of a book I don't normally read if she's worked on it. And I remember being not too thrilled with how it looked in one issue of Sandman, during the A Game of You storyline. Later read, probably on the late Warren Ellis Forum, that she waren't exactly thrilled with the job the inker did either. But, you know, Work for Hire.
More or less. Don't know the exact details of Neil Gaiman's arrangement with DC, but did read (probably at his journal, or over at one of the several discussions at The Well -- yes, I have a mind like a sieve) that at one point the producers of Batman: The Aminated Series (it's not Talk Like Elmyra Day unless you want it to be) wanted to use Dream/Morpheus/Sandman in an episode, and someone at DC told them that Neil had to approve use of the character, and denied said use. Without, you know, asking Neil about it, which is a shame, because he said he'd have liked to have seen it.
I bring this up in the context of comics because that seems to be easier for people to get a handle on than music or pornography, even though the same rules should (but generally don't) apply.
That said, I'll be looking for a download of The Gray Album once I get the laptop back:
More than 300 Web sites and blogs staged a 24-hour online protest yesterday over a record company's efforts to stop them from offering downloadable copies of "The Grey Album." A popular underground collection of music, "The Grey Album" mixes tracks from the Beatles' classic White Album with raps from Jay-Z's latest release, "The Black Album."
The protesters billed the event as "Grey Tuesday," calling it "a day of coordinated civil disobedience," during which more than 150 sites offered the album for download. Recording industry lawyers saw it as 24 hours of mass copyright infringement and sent letters to the Web sites demanding that they not follow through on the protest.
"The Grey Album" is a critically praised collection of tracks created by Brian Burton, a Los Angeles D.J. who records as Danger Mouse. Mr. Burton created the album by layering Jay-Z's a cappella raps from "The Black Album," released on Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella label, over music he arranged using melodies and rhythms from "The Beatles," commonly known as the White Album.
Hypocricy is the Greatest Luxury, you know. Raise the double-standard.
Update: Actually. . .
[and I'm wondering how to word this without running into the restrictions that were in place for areas of GEnie and USENET that J. Michael Straczynski hung out in. Basically, the rule was, "No story ideas." Surprisingly, there seems to be a cottage industry of undersocialized fanboys with egos far larger than their talent, which barely rises to slush pile level, who specialize in attacking professionals for "stealing their idea!" There was an ep. of Babylon 5 that got spiked because someone on GEnie (was it Kwiker?) posted something similar. The episode later was produced after said someone sent a nice, legal-type letter stating, "I don't claim you stole my idea, I won't sue you, I'm a complete fucking idiot." Ok, maybe not that last part.]
. . . I wonder if Static (of Static Shock fame) needs to sleep. . .