Thank you, Alan Moore

As I wrote back in May

Alan Moore has recently published a graphic novel exploring Wendy, Dorothy and Alice’s sexuality.  I wondered how the Ormond Street Hospital for Children, which owns the rights to Peter Pan through 2007, would respond.

Now we know. 

The hospital, which was bequeathed the rights to the “Peter Pan” books by Barrie, said: “In order to be published or distributed in these territories, Alan Moore’s title would need our permission or license. From press coverage, we understand it deals with sensitive subject matter which does not initially seem appropriate to be associated with the hospital and with J.M. Barrie’s legacy to us.”

Stephen Cox, the hospital’s spokesman, said in a telephone interview Friday that it has not taken legal action against Moore and is was waiting to see whether the author will contact the institution to discuss its objections.

Moore’s alleged response is fascinating:

In a recent interview with the BBC, Moore said “The Lost Girls” was inspired by “Peter Pan,” but that he doesn’t intend to seek permission from the hospital to use the Wendy character.

“I don’t really see that you can ban anything in this day and age. It wasn’t our intention to try to provoke a ban,” Moore was quoted as saying.

It seems to me that Moore is giving carte blanche for anyone to use his characters in their own work.  Cool.