Well, for one thing it would be interesting to know if Nick Rodwell, the head of Moulinsart, has come down a peg or two.
Iâ€™m not certain what youâ€™re getting at â€“Â down a peg or two from where? The term â€œdown a peg or twoâ€ is used to suggest that someone is dealt a reversal of fortune by another party, and I canâ€™t see how it applies here. As it stands, Mr. Rodwell â€“Â and Moulinsart â€“ are in exactly the same position as ever they were.
While itâ€™s popular to demonize them, Moulinsart grant use of the books and images for all sorts of purposes all the time
; presumably they also refuse requests too. Where they become reactive is when images are used without permission â€“Â but even then, they no doubt have to be selective about which issues they take on.
A few years ago he was involved in a great deal of controversy over the limitations he imposed regarding Tintin products: attacking some journalists to the point that his blog had to be removed from Moulinsart's site.
Thatâ€™s a bit of a red herring: the issues are not the same, as the question then was what he saw as journalists making attacks on him and his wife - entirely different from the actual use of the copyright property.
If he hasn't made a fuss that might suggest that he's moderated his attitude a bit.
No, as I said, Moulinsart grant usage all the time â€“Â they did then, and do so now.
What I find rather odd is that the artist of the cover used a scene from "Cigars" as a model for his own work, instead of actually scanning the page, extracting the picture of Tintin and inserting it into his fake cover
That wouldnâ€™t be covered by parody or fair-use; plus the artist isnâ€™t going for a slavish duplication of HergÃ©â€™s style, and anyway probably wanted to do the whole thing himself â€“Â thereâ€™s no need for him to scan and reuse.
as has been done countless times.
The exhibition illustrations are images done by Moulinsart, not by a third party illustrator, so itâ€™s hardly the same. They actually apply very strict guidlines to how they use the images, and take great pains not to combine items to create the appearance of new pictures.