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E. Gary Gygax Sr. May Have Had Another, More Recent Will?

A sizeable chunk of the estate is intellectual property rights. Kinda hard to light intangible objects on fire. I guess David Benioff and DB Weiss managed to do it, though.
Terry Prachett left instructions to the executor of his will that anything he was working on at the time of his death be destroyed. And they were. I don't believe it was by fire, but they certainly ceased to exist. And he earned far more than Gygax ever dreamed of.
 

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Terry Prachett left instructions to the executor of his will that anything he was working on at the time of his death be destroyed. And they were. I don't believe it was by fire, but they certainly ceased to exist. And he earned far more than Gygax ever dreamed of.

That's not what "intellectual property rights" means.
 


Umbran

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Well, she couldn't legally just burn it as it is evidence in an ongoing litigation.

I expect that's an incorrect classification. The materials of the estate would be assets, not evidence - the assets don't indicate anything, so they are not evidence of anything.
 

Umbran

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That's not what "intellectual property rights" means.

The hard drive containing Terry Pratchett's unfinished work were run over by a steam roller at the opening of an exhibit on the man's works, at his explicit request. That IP is gone from the world.


And he earned far more than Gygax ever dreamed of.

How much he earned really doesn't enter into it.
 

It does in the USA. He exercised his control over his own IP via the executor of his will.

No, intellectual property rights refers to things like copyrights, trademarks, and ideas. For Pratchett, his IP would be his library of published works, including residual payments, adaptation rights, etc. For the current case of EGG, it most importantly refers to things like Greyhawk and movie rights that Gail had messy licensing issues with.

Also, Pratchett was not from the USA.
 

No, intellectual property rights refers to things like copyrights, trademarks, and ideas. For Pratchett, his IP would be his library of published works, including residual payments, adaptation rights, etc. For the current case of EGG, it most importantly refers to things like Greyhawk and movie rights that Gail had messy licensing issues with.

Also, Pratchett was not from the USA.
I am aware of what IP are; I hold numerous IP myself. But unfinished or unpublished work is also legally protected as intellectual property. And the key point is that at the heart of it, IP are simply property, suitable to be disposed of as the owner wishes.

Gygax was in the USA.
 

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