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IDW will do six comics based on my stories

I just signed the contracts on a comic book deal for six of my stories with IDW. They got the exclusive right to sell commercial comics based on my stories, but those stories are already under Creative Commons Attribution/ShareAlike/Noncommercial licenses that allow fans to make non-commercial comics (and films, etc) from them. My agent, Russell Galen, wrote a nifty little clause spelling this out (see below).

Lots of people have asked me whether doing a non-commercial CC release makes it impossible to sell commercial rights to a traditional publisher. Here's how it can work:

The exclusive rights granted to Licensee hereunder are subject to a pre-existing Creative Commons license which grants members of the public the irrevocable and nonexclusive right to create their own adaptations of the Licensed Property, including comic books. Such Creative Commons-licensed works may not be sold or distributed for profit. Licensee acknowledges that under the terms of this Creative Commons license, members of the public may create comic book version of the Licensed Property for non-commercial distribution. Licensor agrees not to license the rights which are granted to Licensee hereunder to any competitor of Licensee or to any commercial enterprise intending to create adaptations of the Works for commercial distribution.

Here's the list of stories that are being adapted:

Anda’s Game
I, Robot
After the Siege
When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth
Nimby and the D-Hoppers
Craphound


11 Responses to “IDW will do six comics based on my stories”

  1. Nathan says:

    Congratulations! Comic books and Cory Doctorow seem like such a serendipitous fit, don't they?

  2. Brent says:

    Somehow, I was hoping Printcrime would get in there; not sure why. I'm looking forward to `Sysadmins` though :)

  3. Joe says:

    Hi, Cory,

    Glad to see this is now public domain news, really looking forward to these. I've always found Kris and the rest of the IDW guys great to deal with. Okay, we've got you and Doug Rushkoff in comics, who are we going to get next :-)?

    Joe

  4. [...] I don’t see it. Perhaps these authors value readers. After all, what value does you work have if no one has read it? Cory Doctorow’s books keep showing up in the bookstore. In fact IDW recently bought the rights to do a series of comics based on his works even though the license for those works allows anyone to create such comics non-commercially. Scott Sigler recently managed to sell quite a few copies of his new print book recently. Heck, I bought two (one as a gift). [...]

  5. [...] I mentioned back in March that IDW comics is doing a series of six comics based on my short stories, with a Creative Commons-licensed collection at the end of the series. I’ve just gotten my first cover for the series, for my story Anda’s Game, designed by kick-ass comics artist Sam Kieth. Man, that’s h4wt, and the script, written by Dara Naraghi (I blogged his webcomics back in October), is fantastic. [...]

  6. [...] I mentioned back in March that IDW comics is doing a series of six comics based on my short stories, with a Creative Commons-licensed collection at the end of the series. I’ve just gotten my first cover for the series, for my story Anda’s Game, designed by kick-ass comics artist Sam Kieth. Man, that’s h4wt, and the script, written by Dara Naraghi (I blogged his webcomics back in October), is fantastic. [...]

  7. [...] I mentioned back in March that IDW comics is doing a series of six comics based on my short stories, with a Creative Commons-licensed collection at the end of the series. I’ve just gotten my first cover for the series, for my story Anda’s Game, designed by kick-ass comics artist Sam Kieth. Man, that’s h4wt, and the script, written by Dara Naraghi (I blogged his webcomics back in October), is fantastic. [...]

  8. [...] Somehow I missed the news that IDW was adapting some of Cory Doctorow’s short stories into comics. Doctorow’s not only the guy behind Boing Boing, but he’s also the author of one of my favorite novels of the past few years, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. Over at Boing Boing, Doctorow reveals the cover artwork by the legendary Sam Kieth for the adaptation of “Anda’s Game.” [...]

  9. [...] Cory Doctorow’s craphound.com >> Blog Archive » IDW will do six comics based on my stories (tags: CC license creativecommons non-profit for-profit non-commercial commercial) [...]

  10. [...] Cory’s Anda’s Game Model contract clause for works in Creative Commons | Posted on September 18, 2007 11:41 PM    [...]

  11. [...] See also: IDW will do six comics based on my stories Sam Kieth cover for comic of Cory’s Anda’s Game Model contract clause for works in Creative Commons [...]

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