The Forbidden Planet blog is reporting that Moulinsart, the copyright holders for Herge’s work, are stirring up a lot of bad feeling and hostility by aggressively targeting Tintin fan clubs in Europe.
.. the Belgian-Dutch Hergé Genootschap is supposed to have been presented with a bill of no less than 35.000 EUR (or about 600 EUR per member), while the Francophone Les Amis de Hergé was asked for 12.000 EUR. In both cases the money is supposed to be owed for unlawful use of copyrighted material, more particularly Hergé’s artwork.
Read How to lose friends and alienate people for the full story.
EDIT: And there appears to be more,,,
Casterman, the publishers of Tintin, and Moulinsart seem to be having some sort of argument. The source of this is in French so I’m a stuffed but here is a very brief, English mention of it: Hearing The Adults Argue Late At Night. Here is a link to a Google Translation of the original