posted on Oct, 16 2010 @ 10:12 AM
They own the rights to their story.
No doubt they've already been hounded by special interest groups looking to capitalize on book deals and literary merchandise. They probably got fed
up, and realized they have a golden opportunity to capitalize in the way America capitalizes on even the most mundane of stories.
If some ravenous publishing company wants to make a quarter billion dollars off the tale of a bunch of dudes trapped in a hole, then they have to pay
up first, as is always the case when someone sells 'exclusive' rights deals to publishers. It's like an auction. Even if they didn't demand it, it
would have went that high anyway from agents cutting in on their competitor's former offers. Maybe even higher. It will probably go over their demands
anyway. Nature of the business.
So stop acting like it's beneath them to request what is theirs. If someone wanted to make hundreds of millions of dollars on book deals from YOUR
story, you would do the same. Just because these men are poor and operate in slave labor conditions, doesn't mean they have less of a right than Tiger
Woods selling book deals or 100 million dollar contracts for a 15 second commercial.
Have some perspective.
What, you just want them to give away all exclusivity to some vampire conglomerate for free
because it would be "beneath them" otherwise?
edit on 16-10-2010 by SyphonX because: (no reason given)