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#1 Kirok



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Posted 28 July 2007 - 08:47 AM

FanEdit.com got "That-Which-Will-Not-Be-Named" (sorry still in Harry Potter mode!) on July 24 and the circumstances and discussion are interesting. The actual Cease and Desist notice came from LucasFilm lawyers and understandably gave the admins there a heart-attack! As it turns out though Lucas really is understanding towards responsible fan productions and only wanted one particular thing removed from their site.

Since the main problem seems to revolve around the fact that Lucasfilm don't want the consumers to confuse the fanedits with the real thing, they (the faneditors) are discussing ways of branding their fan edits so that it is absolutely obvious that they are not a professional, commercial, licensed product. Some interesting ideas for pro-active fan films there.

By the way, I see this as evidence that Lucas at least does not see fan productions as a serious infringement of his copyrights and trademarks as long as they are 1) Not for sale and 2) Not to be confused with the commercial product. Video Piracy is a multi-million dollar criminal problem for the entertainment industry - fan productions are just an excuse for lawyers to make a quick buck with a law suit that will not bring the studio anything but bad press.

Video Piracy is a crime. You wouldn't buy a stolen car would you?

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