KUMA-NIN Maximus wrote:
Besides, you also forgot to mention that Squaresoft went bankrupt because they put a huge sum of money building Square Pictures and watched their first (and only) movie go bust. Yet, Enix was doing great with their publications and made enough to purchase their former rival, prior to making it be a merger. That, and it is going strong despite having a partnership with Disney.
Ah yes, I did neglect to mention that, but it was one of the driving forces behind the changeup of staff at Squaresoft. I suppose it did also very much put them in a position to be taken over by Enix.
FellintoOblivion wrote:As someone who lives in Orlando let me point two things out:
1. Disney already sells Transformer toys in at least 2 locations (Japan inside Epcot and at Downtown Disney) so I doubt they have a problem with the guns and "violence" of Transformers.
Where? I saw what they had at Epcot but couldn't find anything at Downtown Disney last time I was there.
YAY, Hasbro gets to not be homogenized goo!
And continue sucking, sadly.
Seibertron wrote:This doesn't make a whole lot of sense. It is still a choice.
The choice between employment and unemployment isn't really much of a choice when the latter means unmanageable financial insecurity for you and your family. Freelancing in creative work isn't the most stable thing one can do, either.
Seibertron wrote:Companies are in business to make money. That's not evil. That's not wrong. It's just how it works in a capitalist society.
The unchallenged assumption here is that "just how it works in a capitalist society" is desirable. Systemic exploitation of others, no matter how necessary it is for the survival of the company that does it, is not good.
The point he's trying to make is that these employees were paid wages for their work, and that standard practice in the industry is that the artists do not retain the rights for projects they worked on. They were compensated for their work and have no right to be demanding royalties. When you work for a company you sign a contract entailing the terms of your employment, and if you don't agree with its contents, it's your own fault for signing it without paying attention. The only way Disney would be at fault is if they agreed that royalties would be paid and then went back on that agreement. The whole argument of 'They were under pressure to work for Disney' is invalid. Everyone has a choice to work for the type of company they want to work for. If they didn't like the way Disney does things, they could have found employment elsewhere.