September 26, 2012

Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore End "Walking Dead" Legal Dispute

It's always sad to see former creative partners come to blows in the courtroom, but in the case of the original The Walking Dead co-creators Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore it looks like they've finally buried their legal hatchet after seven months of lawsuits and counterclaims.

In a statement released to the press, both parties have announced a resolution out of court to their legal dispute over ownership, copyright, and compensation:

"Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore are pleased to jointly announce that they have reached an amicable agreement in their respective lawsuits and all parties have settled the entire matter to everyone's mutual satisfaction. Neither side will be discussing any details but will instead happily and productively spend their time focused on their own work and move on in their lives."

Details of the agreement have not been made public.

The legal brouhaha began in February when Tony Moore sued Robert Kirkman, alleging that he was tricked into transferring his rights to the The Walking Dead property to Kirkman before the title blew up in popularity with the current AMC series. Moore claimed that he had not received the compensation that he's legally owed, and Kirkman and his representatives knowingly and fraudulently duped Moore into signing away his copyright interests to Kirkman's company.

In response, Kirkman countered by claiming Moore was overcompensated for his work on the first six issues of the series. Kirkman demanded damages. Moore then added a new allegation. He claimed he is legally a co-owner of The Walking Dead copyright, so the lawsuit was taken to federal court.

For now, however, all that seems in the past. It should be interesting to see whether the resolution was strictly monetary in Moore's favour or whether Moore will indeed receive any ongoing stake in The Walking Dead copyright.