Four things linked by the theme of IP ownership.
First, BoLS yesterday linked to this discussion at reddit in which apparently verified high-profile ex-GW staff members talk about inner workings; pricing policy, release and retail are all covered.
... the jetbikes we once had as standard GW stopped producing. As a community we have a stake in the game, and no matter what GW may prefer to present in its materials, we still collectively know that jetbikes were once common on tables, ... .
That thing ... had come into being, taken a life of its own, and it should not be possible to remove something that has value for a group and does no harm by its existence.
Chapterhouse continuing to make a jetbike we might feel fits 40K is in that sense a public service.
... If we accept that competition is a good and brings good in turn, and that the greater the degree of monopoly power, the worse off we are overall, balancing mechanisms may be needed to prevent tendencies to domination, or should be protected where they exist naturally. Law can do this by holding that free space open, recognising that with greater reach comes greater adoption and genericisation, and greater scope for public use of what are becoming public resources.
... recently I've been wondering whether the 28mm space marine form will end up something like a 'genericised interchangeable part', assuming it isn't already.
After all, a lot of the fiction we have now is basically modern mythology.