Originally Posted by Sausy Gibbon
Doesn't Steve Purcell own the rights to Sam and Max not Telltale? I think TellTale have the copyright of their games but not the characters and they are free for Purcell to licence were he pleases. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
Yes and no. Steve Purcell owns the rights to Sam and Max, but he's given Telltale the license to make Sam and Max games. Steve is free to license out Sam and Max to, say, other comic companies or animation studios, but if he allowed another game company to handle Sam and Max while Telltale still has the license it'd probably be seen as a breach of contract.
Telltale doesn't necessarily have the license permanently, of course. If Steve really wanted to (not that he does, but speaking hypothetically), there must be a way that he could deny Telltale further licensing rights. It definitely wouldn't be as simple as "I'm going to temporarily take the license away from Telltale, give it to LucasArts so they can remake Hit the Road, and then give it back to Telltale" though.