Are we talking about a contract dispute over 1,000...10,000...100,000 or a million dollars here?
Check the posts from Robin. He said at one point that according to his figures CGI owed him about $23,000 and according to their figures he owed them about $24,000.
I'm glad that the topic is being discussed, but I do feel it's being discussed in an inappropriate place. The "court of public opinion" has no standing here, unless both parties are asking us to become the arbiters.
Thursday night I wrote a long posting with my feelings on this, and canceled it rather than start a flame war. Yesterday I saw that Chet had largely mirrored my own feelings.
We told both of them 2 years ago that they need to go resolve this in private.
I still feel that way. Only Robin and CGI are signatories to the contract, and they should resolve their dispute in either arbitration or a courtroom. We fans and customers are not bound by the publication contract between them, but we ARE interested in seeing this resolved and we have been pretty conscientious about trying to do the right thing.
As for the state of fanon and copyright notices, so far as I can tell, nothing has changed, legally. There are claims back and forth, but it seems to me that yes, the contract IS still in effect. Nobody with authority and jurisdiction has issued a legal finding that it has been either modified or terminated, so the status quo still applies.
It will continue to apply until there is a legal resolution -- and neither side has brought this matter before a judge. As the party trying to change the status quo, it's really up to Robin to file the suit.
My campaign website carries a copyright notice that was acceptable when I started the site. I'll change it to whatever I need to in order to stay legal, but not until there is a clear legal ruling on what that is.