The President wrote:While I think it's great that he wants to do whatever he wants, I find his reasons stupid.
Alan Moore and Jack Kirby are not martyrs. They were people who weren't smart enough to hire good lawyers before signing contracts.
Were they? Or did DC just exploit loopholes and changes in the market that neither could have expected?
It's easy to say with the benefit of hindsight that the contract was bad, but as has been pointed out before, when Watchmen was being written, there wasn't really a concept of trade-paperback collections allowing titles to remain in print indefinitely.
And of course, how were the golden age creators supposed to know that their creations would survive so long and become movies?