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Especially considering Gary was one of the significant shareholders for TSR. He was transferring rights from himself to a corporate entity he in part owned.I feel pretty confident the rights were validly transferred, and that even if there was some question about that at the time those questions were resolved long ago, and even if those things didn't happen then Hasbro would just settle the matter with the Gygax estate rather than just letting it all revert back to the Gygax estate.
So I see zero chance this could be an actual thing.
Except that the original deal with Greenwood is that ownership of the Forgotten Realms reverts to him under certain circumstances, circumstances that I would argue have been grossly violated.What? No. This is just as nonsensical as the original post. You cannot reclaim a copyright that never existed in the first place.
"Forgotten Realms" is not a copyrighted work any more than "Dungeons & Dragons" is. Both are trademarks owned by WotC, which WotC slaps on a whole bunch of books and boxed sets and things. Each individual book is a copyrighted work, but they are almost entirely works for hire (thus not eligible, per @lowkey13) and very few of them were written by Greenwood anyway.
Now, Greenwood wrote some FR novels back in the day, and if he did not write them as works for hire, he might be able to reclaim copyright to those specific novels. But "Forgotten Realms," the trademark, belongs to Wizards of the Coast, and so do all the books Wizards of the Coast hired people to write in FR. Greenwood cannot claim any of that.
Point and his situation is a prime example why this law was written.Except that the original deal with Greenwood is that ownership of the Forgotten Realms reverts to him under certain circumstances, circumstances that I would argue have been grossly violated.
Alot of folks don't realize that Greenwood did not give up all rights over the Forgotten Realms.
And they stopped allowing him to do their novels as well.Point and his situation is a prime example why this law was written.
Not sure when he signed over the rights but it's been 32 years since the FR boxed set came out.
He was paid a relative pittance as well.