Apparently some fans of the video game series King's Quest
have been working for eight years on a fan-made sequel to the last such game. Back in 2005, Vivendi (then the rights holder) sent them a cease and desist, but eventually worked out a "non-commercial fan license" that allowed them to continue. Fast forward to today, and Activision now owns those rights and has decided that the fans' efforts should all go to waste
. The company has told the fan group to shut it all down
After talks and negotiations in the last few months between ourselves and Activision, they have reached the decision that they are not interested in granting a non-commercial license to The Silver Lining, and have asked that we cease production and take down all related materials on our website.
This is "promoting the progress"? You have to hand it to Activision, though. Not only has it pissed off a large group of fans, it's stomped out eight years of their hard work as well. I'm sure that will make those folks that much more excited about purchasing Activision games.