Saturday, August 18, 2007

What was the point?

The Seattle Times has an article on the settlement between Harlan Ellison and Gary Groth over Ellison's claims of defamation and trademark/right of publicity violations in two publications put out by Groth's Fantagraphics.

While Ellison may genuinely have felt harassed by Groth's actions and Groth may have felt well within his rights to publish those items that Ellison objected to, their refusal to reach an earlier compromise seems foolish.

In this case, it appears that the threat of mounting legal bills compelled both parties to agree to abstain from making future personal attacks on each other. Doesn't sound like a complicated compromise, just something they weren't willing to do until they were sent to court-ordered mediation.

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