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DERIVATIVE WORKS: Legitimacy, Ownership and Creation (The Community Fires Dan Harmon Remix)

Do you know what’s puzzling about the divide between ‘legitimate creative works’ and ‘illegitimate creative works’?

The idea that the creator and unique voice of a creative work can be legally prevented from creating it further, and that someone who has never been a part of that project can, without the creator’s consent or permission, continue producing it ‘legitimately’.

To most people, this might sound ridiculous, but that is exactly what just happened on NBC’s Community. Dan Harmon, widely acknowledged as the unique voice that made this small show great, has been fired from his own series, being replaced by two new showrunners who have never even worked on the show.

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