OK.... there's a lot of responses in here that are being unequivocal about the stature of the Witcher book series prior to the games.
Can those people who are constantly claiming that the book series was worth nothing before the games please provide some details? If the license was complete junk, I ask again, why did CD Projekt Red bother to pay a fee for the licence?
Also, I'm not being emotional, it is fairly sensible that a company cannot hold someone to deal made years ago when circumstances have changed so significantly. To continue to profit from their intellectual property at huge orders of magnitude greater than the creator was remunerated for.
If we accept the deal is the deal is the deal, this puts all the power in the hands of larger companies who can afford a legal team and the ability to cheaply license anything they believe could become big.
That's not to mention, that various people in this thread have pointed out that Polish law has an accommodation for this very scenario.
That's like saying Journey to the West isn't well known because people outside of China don't really talk about it.
Just because you've never seen it discussed or referenced doesn't mean it wasn't popular. You simply never saw it.
Actually thanks to the many Japanese adaptations, it is well known outside China. "Monkey" (Saiyūki's bbc localisation) especially was very popular. I dunno if I like that or the hong kong TVB series more tbh
If you are now defending the artistic merit of your favourite book series, let it be known that I am not interested in that discussion either way.
I am merely pointing out that many things in life can lead to lawsuits, and that there is much less than one expects because of good will. But destroying that good will means suddenly, lawyers show up in places where you don't expect. If you want to argue about legal technicalities, then two can play that game. Once the lawsuits start flying, it wouldn't fly from just one direction.
God, this thread is frustrating to read.
He made a deal and now he has to live with it. If the Witcher flopped, do you think CDP could have gone back and said"It didn't work, give us some money back"?
Course not. That's not how the world woul works