I wasn't sure whether or not the Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts Silk Spectre II piece we ran yesterday was from the Watchmen prequel mini-series rumoured to be published by DC Comics or not.
I'm sure it is now, of course.
Yours and my favourite DC legal representative, Amy E Genkins has been on the e-mail this morning with the following. She writes;
Another holiday, another transgression.
Given the circumstances you detail as to how you happened to come into possession of the Amanda Conner artwork, it will certainly come as no surprise to you that you have once again impermissibly posted unpublished intellectual property owned by DC Entertainment which was provided to you in breach of a confidentiality obligation. Without waiving any of our rights or remedies, we would urge that you immediately take it down.
Very truly yours,
AMY E. GENKINS
Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs
DC Comics, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company
New York, NY 10019
You know, because it took so long for a reply this time, I was starting to think that it could only be a private commission. It seems not. DC Comics claims that a confidentiality has been broken, which confirms that this is part of a commissioned DC project, and one that demands a Non Disclosure Agreement.
It goes without saying that Bleeding Cool hasn't entered into any such agreement. And legally we would probably have quite the defence for continued publication. But it's the New Year, and I'd hate to cause Amy E Genkins to frown any further into 2012, so down it goes…
Someone should probably have a word with John Constantine in Justice League Dark #4 too…