The Dragonlance series of books, themselves an offshoot of the Dungeons and Dragons brand, has been around for decades, but now finds itself at the center of a thorny legal dispute.
Fan favorite authors Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis, responsible for the core of the series, have sued the holder of the Dragonlance and D&D intellectual property, Wizards of the Coast (itself owned by Hasbro) for breach of contract and "bad faith" dealings.
What is the basis for the claim? What is Wizards of the Coast doing (or not doing) that gave rise to this action? And what, if anything, do outrage mobs, misogyny, claims of racism (and more) have to do with anything?
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"Dragonlance authors sue Dungeons & Dragons publisher Wizards of The Coast"
Polygon - October 19, 2020 - Charlie Hall
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Tweet - October 19, 2020 - Joseph La Russa (@Joseph_La_Russa)
"Q&A: Who Owns Dragonlance?"
Tracy Hickman Blog - January 4, 2014
17 USC 101
"Ownership of copyright"
17 USC 201
"Termination of transfers and licenses granted by the author"
17 USC 203
Weis and Hickman vs Wizards of the Coast
Filed October 16, 2020
"List of Wizards of the Coast products"
"What You Should Know about the Implied Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing"
ABA Blog Post - July 26, 2016
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