The creator of The Witcher, Andrzej Sapkowski has, in the past been very outspoken about his disappointment in the deal he made with CD Projekt Red when licensing out his beloved series and characters. When speaking to Eurogamer last year, Sapkowski clearly harbored a lot of regret with the choice he made and stated "I was stupid enough to sell them rights to the whole bunch," he continued. "They offered me a percentage of their profits. I said, 'No, there will be no profit at all – give me all my money right now! The whole amount.' It was stupid. I was stupid enough to leave everything in their hands because I didn't believe in their success. But who could foresee their success? I couldn't."
These thoughts apparently stayed with Sapkowski, as we today learn that he is seeking additional compensation to the sum of $16.1 million. A report released by CD Projekt stated that "In the Company’s opinion the demands expressed in the notice are groundless with regard to their merit as well as the stipulated amount. The Company had legitimately and legally acquired copyright to Mr. Andrzej Sapkowski’s work, i.a. insofar as is required for its use in games developed by the Company".
The demand for payment from Sapkowski's lawyers makes the bold claim that "if the company did effectively acquire any copyright at all, it concerned only the first in a series of games, and therefore distribution of all other games, including their expansions, add-ons etc., is, simply speaking, unlawful"
CD Projekt has stated that "It is the Company’s will to maintain good relations with authors of works which have inspired CD PROJEKT RED’s own creations. Consequently, the Board will go to great lengths to ensure amicable resolution of this dispute", but things could sill get ugly.
It seems unbelievable that CD Projekt Red wouldn't have an iron-clad contractual agreement in place when dealing with something so crucial. I'm clearly no law expert but if this case does end up going to court, I can't see it going well for Andrzej Sapkowski.
What do you folks think? Does Sapkowski have a case or is he clutching at straws?