A few years back I was hired to write a one shot featuring an established character by the owner of said character. I completed the script, and then 3 years later when it came out I saw that the creator had given him a ‘plot’ credit. The only ‘plot’ direction I got from him was a single sentence outlining the characters state of mind at the start of the story. However, I let it slide as I learned this was not the first time he had done this and has a pretty bad reputation as it is (which I was not aware of at the time).
Before I learnt all of this the same creator hit me up for a squeal to the one shot. I shot through some ideas of what I thought would be cool, which he said he liked, so sent through a very broad pitch/beat sheet. However it fizzled out and was never mentioned again.
The other night I picked up the latest book from this creator featuring the character, and saw that once again he had given himself a ‘plot’ credit and had two ‘script assistance’ credited under him. I flipped to a page and saw one of my beats there - knowing what I know now I chuckled that one idea had stuck in his head and he had used it. No big deal.
I recently read the comic and was very surprised to find it was 90% the sequel pitch I sent him a few years back. Obviously this was out of contract and I don’t have a leg to stand on. My question is, do I let it be known what has happened (I can find the original conversation and original pitch doc I sent) or just let him continue in his ways? I don’t want something so small to blow up and hurt my hopeful career, but at the same time I don’t want this guys stealingthe ideas of others.