I don't know how many of you keep up with the local BYOND news, but recently there was a major BYOND related incident that could bring down FFTHG (if it wasn't already down or have plans to come back up). FUNimation, I guess as one of the copyright owners of the Dragon Ball franchise, sent BYOND a cease and desist letter concerning BYOND's DBZ fan games after being notified via email by a certain BYONDer. As a response, BYOND closed down all the related hubs of those games. A few BYONDers saw the impact of this incident and decided to send related emails to big name companies such as Square Enix and Viz for the purpose of closing down most of BYOND's fan games.
I don't know what will happen in future, but I figured we should plan and prepare if the worst case scenario does happen. I feel like FFTHG can still be alive due to the small connection that it has with the final fantasy franchise. The only ties that FFTHG has with the franchise are basically the name and almost all of the images and icons. It wouldn't be too difficult to replace all of those. The storyline of course is original.
I really don't want to see this game die. It's considered a part of my childhood and I'm sure many feel the same way.
Some companies like Capcom from what I'm aware are pretty cool with fan based games, but others like squareenix are not. It would be terribly saddening to see this game fade away and die after all the work thats been put into it.
Yeah, its sad to see the state of that this game is in, a transitional phase to originality without much work getting done to achieve this goal. A lot of us have seen the original sprites used during the halloween event, and in my opinion, they are pretty well designed. However, I'm sure a lot of time and effor goes into making each sprite so you can't expect new ones to be created so soon.
<Moiraine Damodred>: Hang on, I might be a minute <Joker the Wise>: Vahu, i survived wig you being afk for like 10 fights... i can manage. <Joker the Wise>: with* <Joker the Wise>: Brb eating stuffed peppers. <Moiraine Damodred>: You survived a wig, I'm so proud.
*Hawkus face planting in Mona* <Raigeki >: >: dammit!
Technically, if no revenue is generated from said fan fiction, no legal action is available
<Divusmors Raymatus >: Dude, zeratul, what are you doing? <Lan Mandragoran >: Dying, apparently <Lan Mandragoran >: He has a death wish <Divusmors Raymatus >: I know you like boost and all, but in ambushes Lure > boost. <Zeratul >: I can't lure a boost
Post by Constantine on Apr 30, 2011 16:46:29 GMT -6
That's not entirely true.
As the holders of the intellectual property that is the Final Fantasy franchise, Square-Enix has every right to tell anyone to stop using said intellectual property. Regardless of generating revenue or not.
Intellectual property (IP) is a term referring to a number of distinct types of creations of the mind for which a set of exclusive rights are recognized—and the corresponding fields of law. Under intellectual property law, owners are granted certain exclusive rights to a variety of intangible assets, such as musical, literary, and artistic works; discoveries and inventions; and words, phrases, symbols, and designs. Common types of intellectual property include copyrights, trademarks, patents, industrial design rights and trade secrets in some jurisdictions.
Copyright is literally, the right to copy, though in legal terms "the right to control copying" is more accurate. Copyright are exclusive statutory rights to exercise control over copying and other exploitation of the works for a specific period of time. The copyright owner is given two sets of rights: an exclusive, positive right to copy and exploit the copyrighted work, or license others to do so, and a negative right to prevent anyone else from doing so without consent, with the possibility of legal remedies if they do.