David Bird wrote:Interesting, but...
Still ignores the creator support this project has, and
I don't think Moore's arguments regarding the re-use of others' characters is as strong as he and his fans would like to believe. Having read the arguments he put forth in the interview, he is basically saying that its okay when he does it because they are literary characters and they do this in literature all the time. Well, they re-use old comics all the time too.
And by literature, he basically means prose. Of the three sources of Lost Girls, for example, only Alice in Wonderland was considered to have any literary value. It wouldn't have taken much insight into the creators of those works to determine what value they would have put on that work. They'd have been furious.
Moreover, his argument would be stronger if he wasn't re-using others' ideas all the time. Most of his better known works are re-workings of other's ideas.
I disagree with that, I think he is best known for Watchmen and V, and I enjoyed Top 10 and Promethea after those. It's arguable that Watchmen in some way is a reworking , but, the others are definitely not.
As far as the artist vs. the writer in the whom is actually the creator, Moore has always had the reputation of providing the artist with an inordinate amount of notes on how he wanted things handled, the law would most likely side with him in any dispute ordinarily.