Russell Letson Wrote:

In most genre fiction the "idea" is not the most important component of the work--the "idea" of a solo private investigator who pits his integrity against a corrupt establishment/crooked police force/rich crook was neither the unique invention nor the exclusive property of Raymond Chandler, even if his expression of it became a major force in the crime genre.

Myself, I prefer Dashiell Hammett, who antedates Chandler by a bit, and whose "expression of 'it' became a major force in the crime genre"...

Judgments in courts seem to have little to do w/ the merits of a case, in cases concerning intellectual property- after all, Phil Spector collected a large settlement from George Harrison because he claimed that "My Sweet Lord" used parts of Spector's "He's So Fine" (which Spector actually ripped off himself)- I won't post the songs, BUT there is no way that My Sweet Lord plagiarizes He's So Fine. The judge, obviously tone-deaf, didn't see it that way.  My point is that probably Cronenberg figured Ellison didn't have a leg to stand on, BUT perhaps the judge would go insane and award millions to Ellison.  In other words, it was a "nuisance payment"....




IF there were any Justice, Jack Vance would have won the Nobel Prize in Literature!