If You Duplicate That Virtual Sword In The Real World... Is It Copyright Infringement?

from the question,-questions,-questions... dept

Three years ago, in trying to discuss some of the thorny copyright issues that arise in virtual worlds where any "good" is easily copied, we questioned whether copying a magic sword in a virtual world was copyright infringement. Perhaps we should have taken the question a bit further. Reader Cap'n Jack points us to the news that video game company Square-Enix has sued four retailers for $600,000, not for creating a digital replica of a magic sword, but a real world costume replica of a sword from within the game Final Fantasy. The retailers have agreed to stop selling any Final Fantasy gear, but it does raise some questions about whether creating such material is copyright infringement... and what that means for folks making Halloween costumes every year...

Filed Under: copyright, magic swords, virtual worlds
Companies: square enix


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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), 6 Mar 2009 @ 12:39pm

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    "I think the transfer of copyright from works in one medium to another is well established, and I don't see how this is any different. "

    Well established? It's a relatively recent development. Used to be that using your art to create something derived from a different art (say, novel to play) was considered promoting the progress of useful arts.

    You know, the nominal point of copyright laws.

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