You're not supposed to take things that aren't yours, especially in this business.
Author Neil Gaiman won his day in court this morning when he successfully sued for royalties from artist Todd McFarlane. You nerds know Todd as the guy who created the Spawn comic series.
So you know the characters Domina, Tiffany, and Dark Ages Spawn from the comics?! Well, they are actually based off of Neil's work in the series! Back in 1993, Neil was invited by Todd to pen an issue, an issue that introduced these characters under different names. Still, even with new names, it was clear to the jury that the characters had been derived from Neil's original work. Now, Todd and his team have to do some math and work out how much Neil is owed in royalties from the comics and the posters and the trading cards and the t-shirts and the mouse pads and the lunch boxes and the POGS and …. you get the idea.
Congrats, Neil! Hope the large sum of $$$ helps ease the pain of betrayal! (We're sure it will!)