Common Sense Beats Out Lawyers Over Fan Video Game
from the it's-about-time dept
Over the years there have been way too many stories about entertainment companies reacting badly when fans have gone off and created additional content around something they've liked. These are often cases where the lawyers get ahead of the business people. They get so focused on trademark issues that they forget that these fans are basically giving free promotion to their content -- and in a way that never seems to take away from the original content. It had looked like the story of King's Quest IX might go along similar lines. While Vivendi Universal Games hadn't produced a new game in the King's Quest series since 1998, some fans decided to take it upon themselves to build just such a game -- only to have the lawyers show up to stop them. However, Matt Compton, from the "Save King's Quest IX Campaign" writes in to note that Vivendi Universal Games has seen the light and will allow the project to live on -- as long as it changes its name to "The Silver Lining."