Stacerace, you've summed up the studio's position pretty well. These sort of fights happen any time that new media is developed, and at the core, it all comes down to where the line between the art aspect of the entertainment business and the business aspect converge. The writers (and actors, and directors) sell a product to the studios that the studios use to make money. The witers (and directors, and actors) say there'd be no money to make from the product if they didn't create it. They're right. The studios say there'd be no product to make money from if they didn't invest in in and distribute it. They're also right. Everyone has a rightful claim to a piece of the pie. They just have to hammer out what size everyone's piece is. The studios maintain that they brought the pie to the party, so if there are any leftovers, they get to keep them. The artists say they gave the ingredients to make the pie, so they get the leftovers too. At the end of the day, they'll all get a piece. It just takes time to agree on the percentages.