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Just Kidding, Square Enix Still Hates Its Biggest Fans

from the what-was-i-thinking? dept

Human beings are creatures of habit. As such, we generally feel most comfortable when we're in familiar surroundings and when things typically turn out as we expect. With that in mind, I realize some of you readers may have found yourselves in an unfamiliar and distressing new world when I wrote about a Final Fantasy fan film that appeared to have Square Enix's tacit approval for a Kickstarter project. The makers of what looks like a fantastic web series mentioned on their Kickstarter page that they had proactively gone to Square Enix to make sure they knew what was happening and that the trailer for the series actually made an appearance on the company's website. "What the hell is this all about?", you must have thought. "What's next, cats and dogs living in harmony? Pepsi admitting that Coke is totally better? What are we going to do!?!?"

Well, rest easy, because Square Enix's legal team is here to remind you that they still totally hate their biggest fans and all is just as wrong with the world as it ever was. You already know where we're going with this, so here are the claims from the DMCA takedown notice they sent over the Kickstarter project.
· The project itself is in infringement of our copyrights and should be removed in its entirety from Kickstarter.

· The project itself admits it is an unofficial fan project in its title “Final Fantasy VII: The Web Series (Unofficial Fan Project).

· The description of the project itself claims to use the copyrighted characters and events of Final Fantasy VII.
Not only did the projcet admit it on Kickstarter, they admitted it to you guys when they reached out to let you know what they were doing. And they made a point to secure music licensing. To go the DMCA route rather than finding an amicable way to properly license this with them would be bad enough, but to know what the filmmakers were doing and let them get this far only to dash their project on the rocks of your legal team is downright sadistic. The project's page is now down, noting that there is an intellectual property dispute, which means prospective backers can't contribute any longer.

Via their Facebook page, the team let their fans know that they're still trying to get something worked out with Square Enix and managed to deliver the message with a touch of irony any Final Fantasy 7 fan will appreciate.
Ladies and Gentlemen!

You will have noticed that the Square Enix legal team have taken an interest in our project. We're in the process of opening up discussions with the team regarding the ongoing status of our project and hopefully the continuation of our Kickstarter campaign. We'll keep you up to date on any envelopments.

"These days, all it takes for your dreams to come true is money and power."
- President Shinra
Here's hoping Square Enix muzzles their legal dogs and does the right thing by their fans, because it would be a shame to see one of the most popular games ever taint its reputation by being DMCA bullies over a harmless fan film.

Filed Under: fan films, final fantasy, infringement
Companies: square enix


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  1. identicon
    The Old Man in The Sea, 2 Aug 2013 @ 4:13pm

    Like all good drones everywhere...

    Like all good drones everywhere, they are paid to do (follow exactly what the directions have been given) not paid to think. It doesn't matter whether they be lawyers, airline staff, NSA/CIA/FBI staff, elected official office staff, government bureaucrats, etc. They have their rule book that must be follow and as a customer or citizen you have to follow our commands (because it is in the rules).

    It is very rare today to find someone who actually thinks and can provide a solution for problems that are brought to their attentions.

    What was it just recently, a pregnant women escorted of a plane because she didn't have a medical certificate from her doctor saying she could fly. She had to get it faxed from her doctors to the airline before she could board another flight. And the ridiculous part, no airline staff made any mention of the problem to her until after she had boarded the flight and was seated with her child beside her. Go figure that.

    We have become so rule bound that we no longer care about how to help or serve or enhance the lives of people. Governments and companies so short sighted that they will destroy what they are supposed to care about just to follow the rules.

    I think the following quote sums it all up
    Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
    Just change scribes and Pharisess for the appropriate group, Congressmen and Senators, CEO's and lawyers, etc.

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